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Lyr Req: Angola Bound - Angola Prisoners' Blues

GUEST,Lorenzo V 30 Jul 18 - 04:11 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Angola Bound - Angola Prisoners' Blues
From: GUEST,Lorenzo V
Date: 30 Jul 18 - 04:11 AM

Hello everyone,

I'm working hard trying to transcribe track number 8 of the CD Angola Prisoners' Blues, titled 'Angola Bound', sung by 'A Cappella Group' - name of performers unknown.
The entire CD can be easily found online on Youtube (track 8 starts around 29:18) or, for a better quality, on Spotify. The Spotify version has a very clean sound, but the more I struggle to catch some crucial words, the less I understand them.

Here's where I got so far. I added verse numbers every 5 to help you refer to a certain line, the sign [..] where I'm clearly missing something, and words in (round parentheses) where I'm not so sure if I got it right.

   Oh so many mornings I got to wake up soon
   Oh I got to eat my breakfast by the light of the moon
   Oh by the light of the moon
   Oh so many morning by the ding dong ding
5 Oh I go to the mass hall buddy I get the same old thing
   Oh well the same old thing
   Lord the sun is shining well the clouds’ gone gray
   Boss Charlie hollering coming 'bout my way
   Oh coming 'bout my way
10 Oh captain captain do not call my name
   Woh I got a brother down in Georgia with a ball and chain
   With a ball and chain
   Oh Lord I’ll [be] coming when the plow get [..]
   So many years laying water [..] just rolling hard
15 Oh just rolling hard
   Give my woman so many [..] dollars she broke an apron string
   Christmas and for [..] she never send me a doggone thing
   Oh not a doggone thing
   People on the levee building mountains hollering gee woh gee
20 All this drivers down on this [..] trying to kill poor me
   Oh trying to kill poor me
   Marley and Sally lay sitting in the shade
   Wondering how many days I’ve made
   Oh how many days I’ve made
25 Oh the jurors must have found me guilty while you wrote it down
   Soon in the morning you’re Angola bound
   Oh Angola bound
   Go alhead mother don’t worry over me
   Pray to the good Lord mother that your son goes free
30 Oh that your son go free
   Oh [..] trouble day when they gave me my time
   Oh well I come to the [..] and I hit that big long line
   Oh hit that big long line
   Oh oh well (Boe?) left Memphis with a hundred men
35 Oh when she got to Angola she didn’t have but ten
   Well she didn’t have but ten
   Go alhead young man don’t follow me
   You got a year son and I got H.B.C.
   Oh I got H.B.C. // (could they answer A.B.C. instead? Angola Bound Convict?)
40 Oh I’m trying to [get] pardon, boy, last summer, was a governor deal
   Oh he denied one of the good lil’ kid[s]
   One of the good lil’ kid[s]
   [Sun going down, let’s pick em up, let’s go.]

Thank you very much for any insight you could share on the missing words, or corrections that you may suggest. Also, anybody has any idea about what H.B.C. or A.B.C. could stand for in this context? As an italian, most american acronyms mean literally nothing to me, and as you can imagine, searching HBC online does not help at all.

Thank you again,
Lorenzo V


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Angola Bound - Angola Prisoners' Blues
From: GUEST,Lorenzo V
Date: 30 Jul 18 - 04:17 AM

By the way, I forgot to add that the CD liner notes do not contain the lyrics. They are just a reprint of the old ones that Harry OSter prepared for the LP, which contained only the first 7 songs. This was the first one of those added for the CD reprint.
Just a heads up so you don't waste time trying to look for the liner notes to check that.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Angola Bound - Angola Prisoners' Blues
From: GUEST,Lorenzo V
Date: 30 Jul 18 - 04:24 AM

Let me correct myself already. Line 34, it's simply "Oh, oh, well, the boat left Memphis etc.". Not Boe. Angola Penitentiary is close to the Mississippi river, so it makes sense that they would send people over from Memphis on a boat.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Angola Bound - Angola Prisoners' Blues
From: G-Force
Date: 30 Jul 18 - 05:15 AM

Can't help you with the lyrics, but just to comment that it's possible to visit Angola Farm (Louisiana State Penitentiary), and a fascinating place it is too. Much more than just the 'human zoo' I was afraid it might be.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Angola Bound - Angola Prisoners' Blues
From: Iains
Date: 30 Jul 18 - 05:31 AM

Looks like it has some variants.


"Angola Bound" Aaron Neville

Too many mornin' gotta wake up soon
Oh Lord, and eat my breakfast by the light of 'de moon
Oh Lord, by the light of 'de moon

If you see my momma, tell her this for me
Oh I've got a mighty long time, Lord knows I'll never go free
Oh Lord, I'll never be free

Angola bound, now, Angola bound
Angola bound, now, Angola bound

I got lucky last summer when I got my time, Angola bound
Well my partner got a hundred, I got ninety-nine, Angola bound
You been a long time coming but you're welcome home, Angola bound
And go to Louisiana get your burdens on, Angola bound
Oh captain, oh captain don't you be so cruel, Angola bound
Oh you work me harder than you work that mule, Angola bound

If it wasn't for the captain, oh Lord, I'm shaggin' house
I'd be with my woman, yeah, before the sun goes down
You come up here skippin' and a' jumpin', oh Lord, it won't last long
Gonna wish you was a baby boy, in your mother's arms

Angola bound, now, Angola bound
Angola bound, now, Angola bound

Don't want no gal-boy lovin' cause I got my load, Angola bound
Don't want no trouble out 'de boys I know, Angola bound

Oh they always talkin' 'bout dangerous blue, Angola bound
If I had my shank I'd be dangerous too, Angola bound
Oh captain say walk and the boss say run, Angola bound
If I had my pistol I would do 'nere one, Angola bound

If it wasn't for the captain, oh Lord, I'm shaggin' house
I'd be with my woman, yeah, before the sun goes down
You come up here skippin' and 'a jumpin', oh Lord it won't last long
Gonna wish you was a baby boy, in your mother's arms

Angola bound, now, Angola bound
Angola bound, now, Angola bound

If it wasn't for the captain, oh Lord, I'm shaggin' house
I'd be with my woman, yeah, before the sun goes down
You come up here skippin' and 'a jumpin', oh Lord it won't last long
Gonna wish you was a baby boy, in your mother's arms

Angola bound, now, Angola bound
Angola bound, now, Angola bound

If I'd always listened to what my momma said, Angola bound
I wouldn't be deep down in the trouble this way, Angola bound
Oh my momma, she told me, leave that junk alone, Angola bound
Got hooked to the habit, had to carry on, Angola bound
The jury found me guilty cause they wrote it down, Angola bound
Judge said, junkie boy you're penitentiary bound, Angola bound
Angola bound, now, Angola bound
Angola bound, now, Angola bound
Angola bound, now, Angola bound


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