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Jim Dixon Lyr Req: Mississippi Summer (Si Kahn) (8) Lyr Add: MISSISSIPPI SUMMER (Si Kahn) 01 Jul 20


I applied the corrections suggested by Stewie, then listened to Si's recording, and made a few more. It's "rows" not "roads." Also, Tabor changed "chopping cotton" to "planting cotton," which is a mistake. Planting is done in the early spring, not the hot part of the summer. Chopping cotton, by the way, means hoeing a cotton field. Chopping needs to be done repeatedly until the cotton plants are well-established enough to out-compete the weeds. That's why the narrator says: "I ain't choppin' cotton no more this year."


MISSISSIPPI SUMMER
(Si Kahn)
As recorded by Si Kahn on "In My Heart" (1994)

1. My hands are as cracked as an August field
That's burned in the sun for a hundred years,
With furrows so deep you could hide yourself;
But I ain't choppin' cotton no more this year.
I'll just sit on the porch with my eagle eye,
And watch for a change of wind.
The rows are as straight as a shotgun barrel,
As long as a bullet can spin.

CHORUS: You know how hot it gets in Mississippi.
You know how dry it gets in the summer sun.
The dust clouds swirl all down the Delta.
I just hope that I don't die 'fore the harvest comes.

2. Black clouds gath'ring on the edge of town,
But no rain's gonna fall on us.
Hoes rise and fall in a distant field.
Earth takes a beating for all of us.
I thought I heard the angel of death overhead,
But it's only the crop duster's plane.
Hoes rise and fall like the beating of wings.
Lord, send us freedom and rain. CHORUS


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