Almost Done

DESCRIPTION: "Take these stripes from, stripes from 'round my shoulder (huh!) Take these chains, chains from 'round my leg." The singer tells how a girl courted him then betrayed him. Now he is in jail with no one to go his bail
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry)
KEYWORDS: courting prison trial punishment betrayal
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Lomax/Lomax-FolkSongUSA 94, "Almost Done" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry, pp. 386-388, "Lord, It's All, Almost Done" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 68, "It's Almost Done (On a Monday)" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Moses Asch and Alan Lomax, Editors, _The Leadbelly Songbook_, Oak, 1962, p. 79, "On a Monday (Almost Done)" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #10064
cf. "The Roving Gambler (The Gambling Man)" [Laws H4] (floating lyrics)
cf. "Don't Talk About It" (lyrics)
NOTES [35 words]: The Silber text begins "On a Monday I was arrested, on a Tuesday locked in jail." But it admits to being adapted by the Lomaxes, so this may be an added verse. -PJS
It may be based on Lead Belly's version. - RBW
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