AIN'T NO MORE CANE ON THIS BRAZOS

Latest update on 28/10/2017

Artist: Ernest Williams
Author: traditional
Label: Library Of Congress
Year: 1933

With a group of convicts in the State Prison Farm of Sugarland, Texas. Old call & response worksong, in this case a cane cutting song, recorded by father & son Lomax on a real sugarcane field intra muros. Came out on lp Afro-American Spirituals, Worksongs And Ballads and was reissued in the Lomax series Deep River Of Song: Big Brazos. The soil of the Brazos river bottomlands is as rich as in the Mississippi Delta.

Covers:

1940s:

Lead Belly

1956:

Odetta

1958:

Lonnie Donegan

1963:

Limeliters

1963:

Chad Mitchell Trio

1964:

Alan Lomax [with Guy Carawan]

1967:

Bob Dylan & The Band [on the Basement Tapes]

1969:

John A. Lomax Jr.

1971:

Walkers [as There's No More Corn On The Brazos; Top 5 NL, Top 10 B crediting Jean Innemee]

1988:

Bert Jansch

1990:

Ian Gillan

1993:

Chris Smither [in medley with Mail Order Mystic]

1999:

Eric Bibb

2005:

Son Volt

2006:

Band Of Heathens

2007:

Lyle Lovett

2008:

Ollabelle

2017:

Magpie Salute

Comes harvest time, chain gangers in the South are frequently borrowed to nearby farmers. It's cheap labour and always at hand. Ernest Williams witnessed the days these forced laborers were toiled til they dropped. "There was a dead man at every corner". Singing sure helped delay the point of exhaustion, however: there's been calculated once a slave was send to cut sugarcane in Texas or south Louisiana he had only 2 to 3 more years to live.

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