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Get Back Blues/Black, Brown, White Blues

Title - Get Back Blues/Black, Brown, White Blues
Contributors - Nigel Denver
Reporters - Hamish Henderson

Summary - This blues song describes the discrimination faced by black workers compared to their non-black counterparts:

"Now, if you're white, you're alright
But if you're brown, stick around
And if you're black, oh brother
Git back, git back, git back, git back"

The singer describes how he earns half the wage of the man working beside him, simply because he is black.

He closes by telling us:

"I helped build this country
I fought for it too
Now I guess that you can see
What a black man have to do".

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:07
Date Recorded - 1955.12.19
Language - English
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 30070
Original Tape ID - SA1955.177
Original Track ID - SA1955.177.B8
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Lanarkshire
  Parish - Glasgow
  Village - Glasgow

Item Notes - 3 verses of 4 lines with a chorus of 4 lines.
Written in 1949 by American blues legend, 'Big Bill Broonzy' (William
Lee Conley Broonzy, 26. June 1893, Scott, MS. – 15th August 1958,
Chicago, IL.).
See:
'The Folk Songs of North America, in the English Language' (A. Lomax,
P. Seeger, M. Seiber, S. Collins, D.Banks & M. Leonard, 1960) p594


Permanent Link - http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/30070/1




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