Workin' the Cottonfields

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I often think back on my mentors, working out in the fields in the blazing sun, then coming back home and making timeless songs around the kitchen table.

But this is also a song of our times ~ as the gap between the wealthy and the battlers widens day by day.

lyrics

Workin the Cotton Fields Chris O © June 2014

You see that man
He’s got something on his mind
See that man
Worries on his mind
Clothes are ragged dirty
Eyes done lost their shine.

He gets up in the morning before
Rooster cries for day.
Wakes up in the morning,
Rooster ain’t even crowed the day
Comes home in the dark hours
Too tired to even pray
Too tired to even pray

Well there’s bread here on the table,
Roof above our heads
He puts bread on the table
The children all get fed
But he’s out there workin the Cotton Fields
Worryin.
Out there workin the Cotton Fields
Worryin, hard times ahead.

The Rich are getting richer
While the poor ones scratch for dimes.
And out there in the Cotton Fields
Eyes done lost their shine.
Out there in the Cotton Fields
Eyes done lost their shine.
Out there in the Cotton Fields
Eyes done lost their shine.

They want us to jump down, turn around
And pick a bale of cotton
Jump down, turn around
And pick a bale of hay.

credits

from Wailin' & Raggin' the Blues, released December 30, 2016
Chris Okunbor 2014

The music on this recording is licensed by APRA AMCOS

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Chris O Katoomba, Australia

An Australian, who plays with a real roots flavor.

Chris had two blues tours of Europe in 2014/2015. Chris was Solo Blues Performer of the Year for NSW, at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA.

"Chris is a gifted songwriter, understated singer and wicked multi-instrumentalist with catholic tastes and a penchant for inspired and creative collaborations." Sing Out Magazine, USA.
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