No More My Lord

  1. No More, My Lord Henry Wallace 2:14

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Recorded by Alan Lomax at the Parchman Farm (Mississippi State Penitentiary) Parchman (Sunflower County), Mississippi in 1948.

While it is debated whether field hollers and work songs were the true root of black gospel music or not, there is no doubt they played a huge role in the lives of enslaved, imprisoned and even free people of the South in the 1800’s.

Imagine if you can, being imprisoned in Mississippi in 1948. Jim Crowe still ruled the south. The labor must have been brutal; the heat, the demanding “bosses” day after day after day.

“No More, My Lord” is clearly the plaintiff cry of one looking for a better place to be. (In this song, Henry Wallace is chopping wood.  In another recording of this song from Parchman an entire work gang sings the song.)

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