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Jim Crow Blues

Lead Belly
Language: English


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‎[1930]‎



A pochi anni dalle illusioni che Cow Cow Davenport ancora si faceva nella sua Jim Crow Blues – che nei ‎liberi Stati del nord scorressero fiumi di latte e miele (o, meglio, di whisky) e che i soldi crescessero ‎sugli alberi – il grande Leadbelly cantava invece che le “Jim Crow Laws” erano dappertutto, che ‎ovunque i neri erano discriminati e segregati, e che era ora di finirla.‎

Al proposito si vedano anche I Don't Want No Jim Crow Coffee, Jim Crow e Northbound Blues.‎
Bunk Johnson (*) told me, too,
These old Jim Crow-isms dead bad luck for me an' you.

I been trav-lin', i been trav-lin' from sho' to sho';
Ev-'ry where I have been I find some old Jim Crow.

One thing, people, I want ev'rybody to know,
You gonna find some Jim Crow ev'ry place you go.

Down in Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia's a mighty good place to go,
An' get together, break up this old Jim Crow.

I told everybody over the radio,
Make up their mind an' get together, break up this old Jim Crow.

I want to tell you people somethin' that you don't know,
It's a lotta Jim Crow in a movin' picture show.

I'm gonna sing this verse, I ain't gonna sing no more,
Please get together, break up this old Jim Crow.‎
Nota

(*) Willie Gary "Bunk" Johnson (1879 o 1889 –1949), importante trombettista della scuola di New ‎Orleans, attivo dagli anni 20 e fino alla morte. Si accompagnò spesso in duetto tromba e chitarra ‎con Leadbelly

Contributed by Bartleby - 2011/9/13 - 11:13



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