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Roud 7693
Traditional
 

Notes: 

This African-American work song is believed to have been  rst collected by American scholars Howard W. Odum and Newman Ivey White in the early 1900s. Popularised via the iconic Clarence Ashley and Doc Watson Smithsonian Folkways recording, this traditional song (author unknown) has been sung by luminaries from Jerry Garcia and David Grisman to Mike Seeger. It describes a ‘walking boss’—a travelling boss or foreman who would oversee a number of worksites throughout a given district.

Lyrics: 

Walkin’ Boss
 
Traditional, arranged Ruth Hazleton & Luke Plumb
 
Walkin' boss, walkin' boss
You're the boss
But I don't belong to you
 
I belong, yes, I belong
I belong
With that steel drivin' crew
 
I asked the boss for a job
Just a job
He said "Son, what can you do?"
 
I can line track, haul a jack
I can line
I can pick and shovel too
 
Work one day, just one day
Draw no pay
Then I lay around the shanty too
 
Walkin' boss, walkin' boss
You're the boss
But I don't belong to you
 
Walkin' boss, walkin' boss
You're the boss
But I don't belong to you
 
I belong, yes, I belong
I belong
To that steel drivin' crew
 

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Release date: 

22/11/2019