"Work Song" as written by and J J / Johnson....
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Because they done convicted me of crime
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I committed crime Lord I needed
Crime of being hungry and poor
I left the grocery store man bleeding (breathing?)
When they caught me robbing his store
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I heard the judge say five years
On chain-gang you gonna go
I heard the judge say five years labor
I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"
Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

Gonna see my sweet honey bee
Gonna break this chain off to run
Gonna lay down somewhere shady
Lord I sure am hot in the sun
Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been
Workin' and workin'
Been
Workin' and slavin'
An'
Workin' and workin'
But I still got so terribly far to go


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"Work Song" as written by Oscar Brown Jr. Nathaniel Adderley

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    General CommentA self-explanatory tune about someone who robs a store and harms the store's owner. He's doing his time on a southern chain gang (which still exist in some states) just waiting to go back home to his honey. There's only one line in the song that offends me, but Nina has sung many tunes about black history as she knows it..."Crime of being hungry and poor. I left the grocery store many bleeding/breathing." The "crime" was not only of theft (which might be excusable), but it is also of physically harming another (which is not excusable).
    6GUNSALLYon December 19, 2011   Link

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