DESCRIPTION: "Mama and papa, O lawdy, Mama and papa, O my Lord, Done told me a lie...." "Done told me they'd pardon me... by next July." "July and August... done come and gone." "Left me here rolling... On this ole farm." "Gonna write to the Governor...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Lomax-Singing)
KEYWORDS: prison family lie pardon worksong
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Lomax-Singing, pp. 398-399, "Godalmighty Drag" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scott-BoA, pp. 309-311, "Godalmighty Drag" (1 text, 1 tune)
Jackson-DeadMan, pp. 130-132, "No More Cane on the Brazos/Godamighty" (1 text, 1 tune, a mixture of this with another song Jackson calls "Godamighty" though it has almost no lyric elements in common with "Godalmighty Drag"); pp. 261-267, "Godamighty" (3 texts, 2 tunes; possibly once again separate songs but so fluid that it isn't worth separating them out)
cf. "Please Have Mercy on a Longtime Man" (lyrics)
cf. "Texarkana Mary" (lyrics)
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