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Work Song
Nat Adderley, Oscar Brown jr
From the Brown's first album Sin and Soul ... and Then Some released in 1960.

Recording sessions
1961: New York
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Breaking rocks out here on a chain gang
 
 
1963 April 12: New York Carnegie Hall
One two one two three

Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
 
 
1963: New York
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
 
 
1963 July 4: Newport (US-RI) 9th Jazz Festival
 
1966 August 26: New York RCA
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Cos they done convicted me a crime

Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well I reckon that ought to get it
I’ve been working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I committed crime Lord I needn’t
Crime of being hungry and poor
I left the grocery store man breathing
When they caught me robbing his store

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 heard the judge say five years
On chain gang you gonna go
I heard the judge say five years labour
I heard my ol’ man scream Lordy no

Hold it 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

Gonna see my sweet honey baby
Gonna break this chain off to run
Gonna lay down somewhere shady
Lord I sure am hot in the sun

Hold it right there while I hit it
Well I reckon that ought to get it
Been working and working
Working and slaving and working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
 
Unknown recording session
1965 single 2 Forbidden Fruit + Work Song Pye Records UP-456-Y (JP)