Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 269 of 1939 Southern Recording Trip Fieldnotes

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JAL '39

Raiford, Florida-State Penitentiary June 25, 1939

List of songs recorded: 2706.2707,2708,2709,2710,2711,2712,2713,2714,2715,2716,2717,2718,2556B,3554B,3556A

I heard what you said about me—by Allen Ried I left my woman in the back door cryin'—by James Richardson- holler I want to moan right on that shore– Joe Brown, Paul Perkins, James Richardson Willie Ford. John Henry—sung by Joe Brown, guitar by Lonnie Thomas Little Lonnie— bu Burrus Johnson The longest day I ever lived– John Brown and group Lost train blues— Fred Perry, fiddle, and Glen Carver, guitar Lullaby— sung by John Brown The mocking bird—by Fred perry, fiddle, and Glen Carver, guitar My time ain't long-(Sometimes I feel like a motherless child)- by Johnnie Mae Medlock, Clifford Reid, Annabelle Sanford, Lois Brown New Burying ground—by Joe Brown and Group O Cap'n caint read—by Dawson Johnson Oh,ye prodigal son– by Joe Brown and group Oo, what you gonna do, woman-(holler)—Joe Brown Ole Bad Laz'us—by Allen Reid One Saturday night—by Colon Reed Oh, de sun done quit shining—by Lonnie Thomas Po' Stranger blues—Johnnie Mae Medlock and Lillian Hutchins Prayer— group of men Pretty girl don't pay me no mind–by Fred Perry, fiddle, and Glen Carver, guitar Red hot sun turning over–Joe Brown and group Sallie Gordon (Goodin?)-Fred Perry, fiddle, and Glen Carver, guitar Sometimes I feel like a motherless child–Clifford Reed, Johnnie Mae Medloc Julia Griffin Steal Liza Jane–ring game– by Gussie Slater, Johnnie Mae Medlock, Ruth Hines Sissie in de barn–Julia Griffin and group–game song Take dis hammer- group This is the way you build a bridge–game song–Clifford Reid, Johnny Mae Medlock, Annabelle Sanford, Lois Brown Three nights experience—Colon Reed Keel(?) Trouble is hard—Gussie Slater and Clifford Reid The two soldiets—Glenn Carver Walking in my sleep—Fred Perry, fiddle, and Glen Carver, guitar When I wake up in the morning–holler-Allen Reid Work don't bother me–Colon Keel You must be born again–group of men Bad Laz'us—Allen Reid De Funiac blues—Barruss Johnson Down by the Rocky Mountains—by James Richardson Dupree blues—Buena Flint (Flynn) Go tell Aunt Tabby—Corine Jackson and Hazel Futch He knows—Mary Hunter, Ella Monday, Lillie Hardwick, Geneva McDonald Hikin' Jerry—Daws on Johnson and Allen Reid Home on the range—James Richardson I'm gonna roll a few days longer–(holler)–Willie Howard I feel my time aint long— John Brown Bobby Allen– Hule Hines Bull cow Blues–by Johnnie Mae Medlock and Lillian Hutchins, Battle Ax-Gussie Slayter and Gussie Reed Blind Child–Colon Keel Clever Glen Carver– by Allen Reid Total–49 titles Impossible to get all texts, even when RTL was present to try to take them down.

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1939 Southern Recording Trip Fieldnotes
Contributor Names
Lomax, John A. (John Avery), 1867-1948 (Author)
Lomax, Ruby T. (Ruby Terrill) (Author)
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Subject Headings
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manuscript: fieldnotes, 307 pages
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1939/001: fn0001
Source Collection
John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip (AFC 1939/001)
American Folklife Center
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online text
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  • Bull-Cow Blues
  • Don't You Leave Me Here
  • Everybody's Down on Me
  • Little Log Cabin
  • Louise
  • Maria
  • Springtime in the Rockies

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

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