This is another Nina Simone Song from the "High Priestess of Soul" album recently used
in a TV advert as most
great songs eventually are. Nat Adderley whilst a Jazz legend in his own right, was
All verses apart from the extension on the last one are the same. There is a little riff
before the Ams at the
start of the verses (a bit like the "Hootchie Coochie Man" riff), and extensive uses of
stops on each line until
Been Workin' an' Workin' which swings free.
Worksong (Oscar Brown Jr, Nat Adderley)
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Because they done convicted me of crime.
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well I reckon that ought to get it
Been Working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go
I committed crime Lord I needed
Crime of being hungry and poor
I left the grocery store man bleeding
When they caught me robbing his store.
But I still got so terribly far to go.
I heard the judge say five years
On chain-gang you gonna go
I heard the judge say five years labor
I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"
Hold it right there while I hit it
Gonna see my sweet honey bee
Gonna break this chain off to run
Gonna lay down somewhere shady
Lord I sure am hot in the sun
Been Workin' and workin'
Been Workin' and slavin'
An' Workin' and workin'
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