DESCRIPTION: "Well I tamped all the way from Tampa In (21) days, buddy, in (21) days." "You got to tamp like me." Other verses tell of various disasters: "Ada shot Shorty." "Waterworks in Georgia just burning down." "I broke my brand-new hammer."
EARLIEST DATE: 1964 (recorded from Jesse Hendricks, J. B. Smith, Matt Williams, Louis Houston by Jackson)
KEYWORDS: work hardtimes disaster nonballad
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Jackson-DeadMan, pp. 300-302, "Tampa" (2 texts, 1 tune)
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