Godalmighty Drag

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...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry)
KEYWORDS: prison family lie pardon worksong
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry, pp. 398-399, "Godalmighty Drag" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scott-TheBalladOfAmerica, pp. 309-311, "Godalmighty Drag" (1 text, 1 tune)
Jackson-WakeUpDeadMan, 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)
File: SBoA309

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