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GUEST,Dave MacKenzie Origin: Ain't No More Cane on This Brazos (71* d) RE: Origin: Ain't No More Cane on This Brazos 08 Sep 08


The Donegan version follows the Lomax field recording, pretty closely, the main difference being that it's accompanied (bowed bass and mandoline i.a) rather than unaccompanied. This side of the pond, the LP was a 10" (Pye NSPT 84000).

There's also an interesting version by Lightnin' Hopkins on "Lightnin'" Hopkins The Roots of ...... EMI Verve Folkways VLP 5003 (UK LP) as

        - Penitentiary Blues -

Mmmmm, Big Brazos here I come,
Mmmmm, woah Lord, have mercy, Big Brazos here I come,
You know I'm goin' to do time for another man when they haven't done a thing poor Lightnin' done.

They say you oughta been on Brazos
Nineteen an' ten,
Bud Russell drove pretty women
Just like he did ugly men;
Mmmmm, Big Brazos woah Lord just here I come,
Thinkin' to do time for another man an' ain't nothi' poor Lightnin' done.

        - Well you oughta be ashamed -

Yeah you know my mama called me,
I answered Mam,
She said, Son you tired of workin',
I said Mama, yes I am;
Papa called me,
I answered sir,
He said, Son if you tired of workin'
What the hell you gonna stay there,
I couldn't, no, I couldn't help myself;
You know a man can't help but feel bad when he's doin' time for someone else.

        - You better watch it all the time -


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