So Soon This Evenin' (Axe Timing Song)
DESCRIPTION: ""So soon this evenin', hey now, mmmm, So soon this evenin', oh Lord, Back in the bottom... Just hewin' down timber... Done had my dinner... Don't feel no better...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1965 (collected from David Tippett by Jackson)
KEYWORDS: work prison
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Jackson-DeadMan, pp. 228-229, "So Soon This Evenin'" (2 texts, 1 tune)
NOTES [57 words]: Jackson says that the lyrics of this "are not songs in themselves"; rather, they were used to establish the rhythm for the axes used in cutting trees. But it seems to me that, if sea chanteys for timing are songs (which they clearly are), then this is a song -- or, at least, pieces like it were worth preserving to help future tree-cutters. - RBW
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