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Joe Offer Origins: Long Summer Day (5) RE: Origins: Long Summer Day 21 Aug 21

Here's a performance of this song by Mudcatter Rick Pollay:

Rick's notes:
In the 1930s Alan Lomax collected some song fragments from black prisoners that seem to come from a much older 19th century song about slavery. Even though he recorded it with Guy Carawan, few others in America did and the song has been largely ignored and forgotten at home in the USA. It became far better known in the UK, as Lonnie Donegan and his skiffle band made a hit of it in 1958 with his characteristic brisk style during the folk revival era (

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