IT MAKES A LONG TIME MAN FEEL BAD

Latest update on 02/05/2010

Artist: Kelly Pace, Charlie Porter, L.T. Edwards, Willie Hubbard, Luther Williams, Napoleon Cooper, Albert Pate & Willie Lee Jones
Author: traditional
Label: Rounder
Year: 1940

Alan Lomax recording of an active chaingang, so good all the names got mentioned. Those guys knew what kind of 'long time man' it's about. Reissued on the Library Of Congress cd Negro Work Songs And Calls.

Covers:

1947:

22 & Group [again a Lomax recording at Parchman; '22' was the only foreman left to motivate the others to sing like they always did; many of these youngsters weren't always in tune compared to the recordings the Lomax's made there in the thirties]

1962:

Harry Belafonte [on lp Midnight Special]

1963:

Big 3 [trio with Tim Rose, James Hendricks and Cass Elliott]

1968:

Tim Rose [as Long Time Man, credited to himself]

1986:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds [idem, following the Tim Rose arrangement]

Bob Dylan also cut it a few times in 1961-62; remained unreleased.

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