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No More Chain Gang

Boney M.
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Album “Oceans of Fantasy”
Music by Rainer Ehrhardt, Frank Farian and Fred Jay.
Lyrics by S. Klinkhammer and K. Forsey.

Boney M.


Le “chain gang”, le squadre di detenuti condannati ai lavori forzati e costretti insieme alla catena, furono di fatto l’escamotage legale con cui negli USA continuò a perpetrarsi lo schiavismo anche dopo la sua abolizione. Coloro che venivano condannati ai lavori forzati nelle “chain gang” erano quasi sempre afroamericani o bianchi di estrazione molto umile…
Il sistema funzionò fino al 1955 e, in alcuni Stati, come la Georgia, fino ai primi anni 60… Negli anni 90 venne sperimentalmente reintrodotto in alcuni Stati, ma senza successo.

Nel 1932 fece scalpore il libro intitolato “I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang” scritto da Robert Elliott Burns, un veterano della prima guerra mondiale, poi diventato giornalista ed editore, il quale, a causa di una terribile ingiustizia giudiziaria, aveva passato molto tempo in un bagno penale ai lavori forzati, alla catena… Per la prima volta l’opinione pubblica si scandalizzò per le condizioni di vita e di lavoro dei detenuti nei penitenziari statunitensi. Il film che fu tratto dalle memorie di Burns, “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang” di Mervyn LeRoy, con il grande Paul Muni, contribuì in modo sostanziale alla messa in discussione del regime carcerario in diversi Stati del paese e inaugurò un filone cinematografico di genere che annovera alcune altre splendide pellicole ancora in bianco e nero, come “Rivolta al blocco 11” di Don Siegel e “Forza bruta” di Jules Dassin.

Si veda anche Chain Gang di Sam Cooke.
He was black and handsome
And mighty mighty brave
Comin' from the backwoods
The grandson of a slave
He was caught for something
They knew he'd never done
And he was diggin' ditches
Out in the burnin' sun

Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
No more, no more, no more

Man he was a giant
And iron he could bend
And he swore he'd fight them
Down to the bitter end
Though he was no talker
His burnin' eyes would say
You may keep on tryin'
can't hold me no way

Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
No more, no more, no more

And one night he lay in waiting
Hit the guard and took the key
And before the others caught him
He jumped out and he was free
He jumped out and he was free

He made for the swamp lands
It seemed a hopeless duel
They had dogs and shotguns
And they were mighty cruel
But they couldn't find him
He was too smart and strong
Hiding' in the daytime
wandering all night long

Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
Working on the chain gang - No More
No more, no more, no more

Contributed by Alessandro - 2009/12/8 - 22:20



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