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GUEST,G man Lyr Req: Worried Man Blues (44) RE: Lyr Req: Worried man blues 12 Sep 10

I think it is like a lot of other songs of the black musical tradition in the south. In the years following slavery through the first part of the 20th century, blacks could be jailed and forced into labor without so much of a reason or fair trial. So, the narrator's being shackled and forced to work the railroad for the rest of his life is the kind of stuff that happened. See Douglas Blackmon's book "Slavery by Another Name."

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