Ole Massa's Going Away
DESCRIPTION: "Ole Massa's goin' away, boys, He's goin' to see his brother. We'll wait till he gets out of sight, Then we'll throw down the hoe and shovel."
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Brown)
KEYWORDS: work slave brother
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
BrownIII 215, "Ole Massa's Going Away" (1 fragment)
NOTES [35 words]: Despite the fact that this seems to be spoken by slaves, I suspect this is a minstrel tune. Most slaves on a plantation large enough to have multiple field workers would be bossed by overseers, not the master. - RBW
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