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Steve Gardham When did prison songs fade out? (12) RE: When did prison songs fade out? 07 Jun 21


I think you're right. The OP seems to be referring to the chaingang songs but both types are common your side. I know of no examples of prison work songs in this country. All of the ones that started off on this side of the pond are either personal laments for the prisoner's situation or descriptions of prison conditions.

We haven't recorded our local prison song yet, but as soon as we lay the track down I'll post the text here. It's a distant variant of the well-known broadside piece, County Gaol.


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