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Sat Dec 27, 2014, 05:04 PM

 

Folkways -- a wonderful resource (Len Chandler, Bernice Johnson Reagon)

For the holidays, just want to recommend the Folkways catalog and their webpage resources. If you like folk music, they have everything, world music to US civil rights era music and all stops in-between.

http://www.folkways.si.edu/len-chandler-and-bernice-johnson-reagon/im-going-to-get-my-baby-out-of-jail/american-folk/music/track/smithsonian

One of my favorite songs, from the civil rights era -- I just think the harmonies are beautiful and the lyrics too:




Iím going to get my baby outta jail
Iím going to get my baby outta jail
She said she wasnít guilty, and she wouldnít pay no bail
Iím going to get my baby outta jail

I must have walked a valley on my floor
I must have walked a valley on my floor
Just waitiní on her foot steps and a-knockin at my door
Iím going to get my baby outta jail

Just one more thing a-workiní on my mind
One more thing a-workiní on my mind
High court costs and lawyer fees ainít something like a fine
Iím going to get my baby outta jail

Iím going to get my baby outta jail
Iím going to get my baby outta jail
She said she wasnít guilty, and she wouldnít pay no bail
Iím going to get my baby outta jail

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Len_Chandler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernice_Johnson_Reagon

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Sat Dec 27, 2014, 06:11 PM

1. I'm kicking this again because it's such a good resource & such a good song -- which I think few

 

people have heard.

and though Bernice reagon is fairly well-known from sweet honey in the rock, len chandler is less well known though still alive.

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