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Thread #90399 Message #1947274
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
24-Jan-07 - 10:51 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Pick a Bale of Cotton
Subject: RE: Origins: Pick a Bale of Cotton
sujord, one hell of a lot of white folks picked cotton. Nowadays it is machines.
Lead Belly made the song famous, but whether he ever picked cotton when on a prison farm, I don't know (and doubt).
No one EVER picked a bale a day. It is impossible. The song is meant for bragging.
It seems to have been composed by Iron Head Baker and prisoners on a Texas State prison farm about 1930.