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Thread #114362   Message #2440134
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
14-Sep-08 - 02:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Work Gang Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: RAISE THE IRON
Lyr. Add: RAISE THE IRON

Brother Rabbit, Brother Bear,
Can't you line them just a hair?
Shake the iron, um-uh!

Down the railroad, um-uh!
Well, raise the iron, um-uh!
Raise the iron, um-uh!

Well, is you got it, um-uh!
Well, raise the iron, um-uh!
Raise the iron, um-uh!

Throw the iron, um-uh!
Throw the iron- throw it away!

"The foreman of the gang cries out, "Can't you line 'em a little bit?" The leader replies in the affirmative.
He then sets the standard, and they all pull together for the desired work. The formula is a good one."

P. 262, H. W. Odum and G. B. Johnson, 1925, "The Negro and His Songs," Univ. North Carolina Press; reprint 1968, Negro Universities Press.
Also no. 105, H. W. Odum, 1911, "Folk-Song and Folk-Poetry as Found in the Secular Songs of the Southern Negroes- concluded. JAFL, vol. 24, no. 44, pp. 351-392.