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Thread #164588   Message #3940346
Posted By: GUEST,Lorenzo V
30-Jul-18 - 04:11 AM
Thread Name: Lyr ADD: Angola Bound - Angola Prisoners' Blues
Subject: Lyr Req: Angola Bound - Angola Prisoners' Blues
Hello everyone,

I'm working hard trying to transcribe track number 8 of the CD Angola Prisoners' Blues, titled 'Angola Bound', sung by 'A Cappella Group' - name of performers unknown.
The entire CD can be easily found online on Youtube (track 8 starts around 29:18) or, for a better quality, on Spotify. The Spotify version has a very clean sound, but the more I struggle to catch some crucial words, the less I understand them.

Here's where I got so far. I added verse numbers every 5 to help you refer to a certain line, the sign [..] where I'm clearly missing something, and words in (round parentheses) where I'm not so sure if I got it right.


   Oh so many mornings I got to wake up soon
   Oh I got to eat my breakfast by the light of the moon
   Oh by the light of the moon
   Oh so many morning by the ding dong ding
5 Oh I go to the mass hall buddy I get the same old thing
   Oh well the same old thing
   Lord the sun is shining well the clouds’ gone gray
   Boss Charlie hollering coming 'bout my way
   Oh coming 'bout my way
10 Oh captain captain do not call my name
   Woh I got a brother down in Georgia with a ball and chain
   With a ball and chain
   Oh Lord I’ll [be] coming when the plow get [..]
   So many years laying water [..] just rolling hard
15 Oh just rolling hard
   Give my woman so many [..] dollars she broke an apron string
   Christmas and for [..] she never send me a doggone thing
   Oh not a doggone thing
   People on the levee building mountains hollering gee woh gee
20 All this drivers down on this [..] trying to kill poor me
   Oh trying to kill poor me
   Marley and Sally lay sitting in the shade
   Wondering how many days I’ve made
   Oh how many days I’ve made
25 Oh the jurors must have found me guilty while you wrote it down
   Soon in the morning you’re Angola bound
   Oh Angola bound
   Go alhead mother don’t worry over me
   Pray to the good Lord mother that your son goes free
30 Oh that your son go free
   Oh [..] trouble day when they gave me my time
   Oh well I come to the [..] and I hit that big long line
   Oh hit that big long line
   Oh oh well (Boe?) left Memphis with a hundred men
35 Oh when she got to Angola she didn’t have but ten
   Well she didn’t have but ten
   Go alhead young man don’t follow me
   You got a year son and I got H.B.C.
   Oh I got H.B.C. // (could they answer A.B.C. instead? Angola Bound Convict?)
40 Oh I’m trying to [get] pardon, boy, last summer, was a governor deal
   Oh he denied one of the good lil’ kid[s]
   One of the good lil’ kid[s]
   [Sun going down, let’s pick em up, let’s go.]

Thank you very much for any insight you could share on the missing words, or corrections that you may suggest. Also, anybody has any idea about what H.B.C. or A.B.C. could stand for in this context? As an italian, most american acronyms mean literally nothing to me, and as you can imagine, searching HBC online does not help at all.

Thank you again,
Lorenzo V

"Angola Bound," from the Arhoolie CD titled Angola Prisoner's Blues: