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Down in Mississippi

J.B. Lenoir
Language: English


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In Mike Rowe’s book, Chicago Blues, Lenoir describes why he left Mississippi for Chicago in 1949, at the age of 20. Lenoir said, “The way they does you down there in Mississippi, it ain’t what a man should suffer, what a man should go through. And I said, after I seen the way they treat my daddy, I never was going to stand that no kind of way. So I just worked as hard as I could to get that money to get away.”

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His description of the Mississippi hunting season is a chilling reminder of the state’s history of lynchings, shootings, and bombings, the assassination of Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963, and the murdered bodies of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, found buried in an earthen dam in 1964.

(estratto da Blues from the Streets of ‘The Other America’, di Terry Messman)


Agghiacciante l’ultima strofa: “Loro (i bianchi) hanno una stagione di caccia al coniglio. Se gli spari (fuori stagione) finisci in galera. Invece la stagione di caccia (ai neri) è aperta tutto l’anno e nessuno rischia nemmeno una multa”
Far back as I can remember
Either had to plow or hoe
One of those long ol’ nine feet sacks
Standin’ at the old turn row

Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from...

Nothing I got ‘gainst Mississippi
It also was the home of my wife
But I count myself a lucky man
Just to get away with my life.

Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from...

They had a huntin’ season on a rabbit
If you shoot him you went to jail
The season was always open on me
Nobody needed no bail.

Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from...

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2016/1/14 - 20:23




Language: English

La versione cantata di Mavis Staples con una strofa recitata nel finale
DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI

As far back as I can remember
I either had a plow or hoe
One of those long ol’ nine-foot sacks
Standing at the old turn row

Way down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from

They had a hunting season on the rabbit
If you shoot him you went to jail
Season was always open on me
Nobody needed no bail

Way down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from

I remember, I used to walk down that gravel road, walking with my grandma
Mississippi sun, beaming down
I went to get some water

My grandma said, young un, you can't drink that water
She said you drink from that fountain over there, heha
And that fountain had a sign
Said for colored only
I was so glad I had my grandma and my papa
No, I won't leave you out, Grandpa
My grandpa was so proud of me, y'all
I went down in Forest, Mississippi one time
Didn't know no better, but I integrated
A washateria
He was telling everybody, my grandbaby Mavis
She went up in that washateria, and washed some clothes
And all the black ladies followed her on up in there
I'm proud of my grandbaby
I saw many more of those signs as I lived in Mississippi
I'm so glad I can say that I saw every one of those signs
Dr. King saw that every one of those signs got taken down
Down in Mississippi

Way down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from

Down, down in Mississippi

2016/1/14 - 20:35




Language: Italian

Tentativo di traduzione: Down in Mississippi – Mavis Staples – 2007
GIÙ NEL MISSISSIPPI

Per quanto lontano io possa ricordare
Io avevo o un aratro o una zappa
Uno di quei vecchi sacchi lunghi 9 piedi
Che stavano al vecchio giro della fila

Giù nel Mississippi
Giù nel Mississippi
Giù nel Mississippi dove sono nato
Giù nel Mississippi da dove vengo

Loro avevano una stagione di caccia al coniglio
Se tu gli sparavi andavi in prigione
Ma la stagione per me era sempre aperta
Nessuno doveva pagare una cauzione

Giù nel Mississippi
Giù nel Mississippi
Giù nel Mississippi dove sono nato
Giù nel Mississippi da dove vengo

Ricordo , ero solita passeggiare giù lungo quella strada di ghiaia, passeggiavo con mia nonna
Il sole del Mississippi, abbagliante .
Sono andata per prendere un po' di acqua
Mia nonna disse,fanciulla, tu non puoi bere quell'acqua
Mi disse tu puoi bere da quella fontana laggiù, proprio.
E quella fontana aveva un cartello
Che diceva solo per neri
Ero così felice di avere mia nonna e mio nonno
No, non ti lascerò mai ,nonno
Mio nonno era così fiero di me, gente.
Ero andata a Forest nel Mississippi una volta
Non sapevo niente di meglio ma ho reso una lavanderia integrata
Lui diceva a tutti, la mia nipotina Mavis
Era andata in quella lavanderia e ha lavato alcuni indumenti
E tutte le signore di colore la seguirono proprio là
Io sono orgoglioso della mia nipotina .
Ho visto molti altri ancora di quei cartelli quando vivevo nel Mississippi
Sono ben lieta di poter dire che ho visto ciascuno di quei cartelli
che il Dr. King vide, che ciascuno di quei cartelli sono stati rimossi.

Giù nel Mississippi
Giù nel Mississippi
Giù nel Mississippi dove sono nato
Giù nel Mississippi da dove vengo

Giù , giù in Mississippi

Contributed by Pluck - 2022/6/20 - 18:59




Language: Italian

Down In Mississippi by Pops Staples
on Peace To The Neighborhood (1992)
Far back as I can remember
Either had to plow or hoe
That old long 9-loot cotton sack
Standing at the old turn row

Oh, down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from

I got nothing against Mississippi
Also the home of my wife
I feel just like a lucky man
Get away with my life

Oh, from down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi, yeah
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from

Yeah
Yeah
Yeah

They had a hunting season on the rabbit
If you shoot him you go to jail
The season was always open on me
Nobody needed no bail

Oh, down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi
Down in Mississippi where I was born
Down in Mississippi where I come from, yeah

Take it, take it, take it
Yeah
Yeah
Yeah

Contributed by Pluck - 2021/7/8 - 22:15



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