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Subject: Runaway Slave Song
Date: 20 Feb 14 - 12:14 PM

Hello Mudcatters

I've just finished a song that may interest some of you. It's about a runaway slave named Tom, whose name I came across while doing research for a story on a slave owned by my ancestors. The advertisement, from January 1795, noted that Tom could be identified by his scars, which were quite extensive. He was also listed as a "notorious runaway" -- likely due to the fact that he and his wife had been separated by their masters.

This is a hybrid song -- mostly recitation, but also including the singing of reworked lyrics from "Going Down The Road." It is fairly long -- a bit over 13 minutes -- but ends happily. If anyone has time/inclination to listen, your feedback greatly appreciated.

Dave Shiflett

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