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You Got to Lay Down and Die

About this Item


  • You Got to Lay Down and Die

Other Title

  • Got to Lay Down


  • Unidentified performers (Performer)
  • Lomax, John A. (John Avery), 1867-1948 (Collector)
  • Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) (Collector)
  • Wesley, Henry (Performer)
  • Clark, Charles (Performer)

Created / Published

  • near Arkansas City, Arkansas, May 22, 1939


  • -  United States -- Arkansas -- Desha County -- Arkansas City
  • -  Music
  • -  Songs
  • -  Work songs
  • -  Religious songs


  • Music
  • Songs
  • Work songs
  • Religious songs


  • -  Group of convicts
  • -  Location also known as Gould, Arkansas
  • -  Venue: Cummins State Farm, Camp #9
  • -  Performance Note: "You Got to Lay Down and Die" performed by Charles Clark, Henry Wesley and unidentified performers (vocals with ax-cutting) at Cummins State Farm, Camp #9, near Arkansas City, Arkansas, on May 22, 1939.


  • sound disc : analog, 78 rpm ; 12 in.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1939/001: AFS 02674a01

Source Collection

  • John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip (AFC 1939/001)


  • American Folklife Center

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Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

John and Ruby Lomax 1939 southern states recording trip (AFC 1939/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Cite This Item

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Chicago citation style:

Unidentified Performers, John A Lomax, Ruby T Lomax, Henry Wesley, and Charles Clark. You Got to Lay Down and Die. near Arkansas City, Arkansas, 1939. Audio.

APA citation style:

Unidentified Performers, Lomax, J. A., Lomax, R. T., Wesley, H. & Clark, C. (1939) You Got to Lay Down and Die. near Arkansas City, Arkansas. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Unidentified Performers, et al. You Got to Lay Down and Die. near Arkansas City, Arkansas, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.