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Cryin' Who? Cryin' You! (Part I & II)

Josh White
Language: English


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[1940]
Album “Chain Gang”, con il gruppo dei Carolinians.

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Un’altra terribile “chain gang song” che se nella prima parte descrive un prigioniero distrutto, nella seconda rivela il coraggio della disperazione: “La guardia mi mi ha picchiato così tanto, dalla testa ai piedi. Finirà con l’uccidermi, ma so che anch’io lo ammazzerò” … D’altra parte…: “Chi è che piange? Forse tu! Io no di certo!”
(Part I)

Please, Mr Bossman, tell me what I've done
How come you lock me 'way from the light of sun
I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

[For eleven blue coats] come runnin' after me
I ain't done nothin', why caint they let me be
I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

Judge he said three days, I turned my head aside
Ninety more years, lord, I hung my head and cried
I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

Asked the mean ol' cap'n could he stand to see me cry
Said, 'Lowdown black man, I'd rather see you die'
I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

(Part II)

Chains 'round my shoulder, my feet is bracelet bound
Jump when cap'n calls you, or else he'll knock you down
I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

Sleep on a pallet in a dirty cell
Sure could sleep better if I was dead in hell
I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

Jail guard beat me so much, right down to my shoes
Say he'll kill black man, but know I'll kill him too
I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

Feel my black hell risin', raise me six foot high
Don't care about nothin', a man is born to die
I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

I hear danger singin', I hear danger moan
Cryin' who? Cryin' you!

Contributed by Alessandro - 2010/3/19 - 13:30



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