Monday, October 25, 2010

Pay Me My Money Down: Bruce Springsteen


















Bruce Springsteen & The Seeger Sessions Band: Live at BBC 2006.

The song originated among the Black stevedores working in the Georgia Sea Islands of the United States. It was collected by Lydia Parrish and published in her 1942 book, Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands.

Pay Me My Money Down

I thought I heard the captain say
Pay me my money down
Tomorrow is our sailing day
Pay me my money down

Pay me, pay me
Pay me my money down
Pay me or go to jail
Pay me my money down

As soon as the boat was clear of the bar
Pay me my money down
He knocked me down with a spar
Pay me my money down

Pay me, pay me
Pay me my money down
Pay me or go to jail
Pay me my money down

Well, If I'd been a rich man's son
Pay me my money down
I'd sit on the river and watch it run
Pay me my money down

Pay me, pay me
Pay me my money down
Pay me or go to jail
Pay me my money down

I wish I was Mr. Gates
Pay me my money down
They'd haul my money in a crate
Pay me my money down

Pay me, pay me
Pay me my money down
Pay me or go to jail
Pay me my money down

Well, forty nights, and days at sea
Pay me my money down
That captain worked every last dollar outta me.
Pay me my money down

Pay me, pay me
Pay me my money down
Pay me or go to jail
Pay me my money down

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