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Moira Cameron Songs on, or about slavery (120* d) Lyr Add: OLD JOE CLARK^^ 06 Oct 97


Has anyone mentioned "Old Joe Clark" yet? Hedy West recorded a version of this song which seems to have Slavery references to it.

OLD JOE CLARK

Old Joe Clark is mad at me, I'll tell you the reason why;
I ran through his cabbage patch, and tore down all his rye.

CHORUS:
Walk Joe Clark, talk Joe Clark,
Goodbye Billy Brown,
Walk Joe Clark, talk Joe Clark,
I'm gonna leave this town.

I went down to Old Joe Clark's to get me a glass of wine;
He tied me up to his whupping post and gave me ninety-nine.

Old Joe Clark is dead and gone and I hope he's gone to hell!
He made me wear the ball and chain, and it made my ankles swell.

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Another good Slave song is "Hush a Bye". It was a lullaby that would have been sung by a female house slave to her white Master's baby. The verse about the "poor little baby crying 'mama'" is actually referring to her own child, left to fall asleep on it's own.
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