WATER BOY

Latest update on 11/08/2015

Artist: Paul Robeson
Author: Avery Robinson
Label: Victor
Year: 1926

Traditional worksong arranged by Avery Robinson, who picked it up from black chaingangers in Alabama. Being white he first gave it to black tenor Roland Hayes, who apparantly never recorded it.

Covers:

1938:

Fats Waller [on organ]

1939:

Charioteers

1941:

Earl Hines [vocal: Billy Eckstine]

1949:

John Lee Hooker

1953:

Four Tunes

1954:

Odetta

1956:

Harry Belafonte

1957:

Jimmie Rodgers

1960:

Bob Crewe

1961:

Don Shirley Trio [after 1'40" the melody line becomes a blueprint for the tune of Put Your Hand In The Hand (see there)]

1963:

Kingston Trio

1963:

Hoyt Axton

1964:

Joan Baez

1975:

Roger Whittaker

2004:

Jailbirds

2015:

Rhiannon Giddens

Many floating verses in the lyrics. The line "there ain't no hammer that's on this mountain, That rings like mine" comes back in Nine Pound Hammer / Spike Driver Blues (Take This Hammer) (see there). Jimmie Strothers' version of Take This Hammer even uses the melody line of Water Boy.

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