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Thread #114362   Message #2464768
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
13-Oct-08 - 06:10 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Work Gang Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: HAMMERIN' SONG I

Boss is callin' (huh!)
Let her drive, boys, (huh!)
Foller me,- (huh!)
Foller me! (huh!)
Boss is me! (huh!)

I been hammerin', (huh!)
In dis mountain, (huh!)
Four long year,- (huh!)
Four long year. (huh!)

Ain't no hammer (huh!)
In dis mountain (huh!)
Ring like mine,- (huh!)
Ring like mine. (huh!)

Cap-t'n tol' me (huh!)
Heard ma hammer (huh!)
Forty-nine mile,- (huh!)
Forth-nine mile. (huh!)

Ev'ry body (huh!)
What talks 'bout hammerin' (huh!)
Don't know how,- (huh!)
Don't know how. (huh!)

Hammerin' man, you (huh!)
Can't beat me, (huh!)
I'll go down,- (huh!)
I'll go down. (huh!)

With music score, spaced to match the rhythm, sung slowly and steadily. Most often sung alone by the "header."
"From the mines of Virginia.
Natalie Curtis-Burlin, 1918-1919, "Negro Folk-Songs," The Hampton Series Books 1-4, G. Schirmer Inc.
Dover unabridged republication, 2001, p. 146-148.