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Thread #121526   Message #2654887
Posted By: GUEST
12-Jun-09 - 11:24 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Early in the Mornin' (prison work song)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Prison Work Song
Dear Gargoyle,

Yes!!!! I am listening to it right now, and "Used to be . . ." are the 3rd verse (or thereabouts) lyrics. Do you have the rest?!?

Having listened to it so much, I've picked up quite a bit of the words, but I'm only able to come up with about 1/2 of them. The rest would turn out to be mondegreens, which may be amusing, but not respectful or productive.

Pandora (online radio) played a Texas Gladden song that drew me in. I promptly went to iTunes to see if I could find it in the Alan Lomax collections & found enough to keep me happy for a long time. I love gospel, Sacred Harp/shape note singing, the prison work/field holler songs, and the "back hills" folk songs (e.g., Almeda Riddle, Texas Gladden), and all of it. The shape note/Sacred Harp lyrics are especially difficult to understand, but I've been able to track down most of them.

I would love to contribute to Mudcat, and will continue to look around at the different posts to see what I might offer. Is it fair to post lyrics I've found from other sources on the Internet? If so, I can certainly post several of the shape note/sacred harp lyrics.

Lyric-finding & following the trails of old time music have become a new hobby for me. Mudcat is the best "encyclopedia" I've found.

Being new, I'll bet most already know this website. I found it last night & was captivated!
It's "Old, Weird America," and though there are frequent misspellings & such, it has several complete collections of such groups as the Nellstone's Hawaiians.

This is now too long for a forum post. I'm just so excited to think there's a chance I might be able to read all the lyrics to "Early in the Mornin'."

Thank you all for your replies & I shall check back soon!

;o) Yoda/Judy