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Thread #121526   Message #2654461
Posted By: Yoda2U
11-Jun-09 - 08:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Early in the Mornin' (prison work song)
Subject: Lyr Req: Prison Work Song
Hello! Just found this site after 3 hours searching for the lyrics to this prison work song: Early in the Mornin'. I love this song! It's not as difficult to find a site to listen to it--it is a stomping, swaying, "hard" song. I got more info from Mudcat Cafe than anywhere else. After reading a lot of posts, it seems like a lot of good people are here so I decided to join.

There is an old share about this from 2005. I read all the posts, saw quite a bit of discussion, but no lyrics. (Seems a couple of other folk had the same difficulty I'm having.)

This song is from the Alan Lomax Collection--"Southern Journey, Vol. 5: Bad Man Ballads."--

I've been to the online Library of Congress, the Bodleian (sigh, what a wonderful place!), folk song, work song, field & holler song sites, and all the sundry stuff you get in between.

If anyone from the 2005 posts are still here, did anyone ever find the lyrics? Or, if anyone has the collection with the liner notes, the lyrics should be there (and you are my new best friend). ;o)

Thanks in advance for reading this & for any help you can give me!