Field Recordings, Vol. 4: Mississippi & Alabama (1934-1942) ()


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A collection of unaccompanied moans, hollers, calls, jump rope rhymes, and lullabies, along with a parlor concert from a man with an accordion, makes this fourth volume in Document's field recordings series feel like a glimpse into a world tantalizingly close yet forever out of reach. Drawn mainly from research trips John Lomax made to Mississippi and Alabama in the late '30s and early '40s, these brief recordings have an offhand intimacy, as if you've been allowed to hear what America was humming and singing under its ...

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  1. I'm Going to Leland
  2. I Don't Mind the Weather If the Wind Don't Blow
  3. Diamond Joe
  4. Old Cold 'Taters
  5. We're Goin' Around the Mountain
  6. Sissy in the Barn
  7. Little Rose Lee
  8. Old Lady Sittin' in the Dining Room
  9. Little Sally Walker
  10. All Around the Maypole
  11. Ol' Uncle Rabbit
  12. See-Lye Woman (Sea Lion)
  13. Gwan Roun' Rabbit
  14. Satisfy
  15. It Ain't Gonna Rain No More
  16. Boll Weevil
  17. Railroad Bill
  18. Tilas Mack
  19. Stagolee
  20. Spanish War
  21. All the Friends I Got Is Gone
  22. Goin' to War
  23. Brady
  24. Sun Going Shine in My Door Some Day
  25. Meridian Jail House
  26. Didn't He Ramble?
  27. Take a Whiff on Me
  28. Kansas City
  29. I'm Gwine to Texas
  30. Steamboat Days (Steamboat-Loading Holler)
  31. Ho, Boy, Caincha Line? (Lining Track)
  32. Rosie
  33. Knock John Booker to de Low Ground
  34. Trouble So Hard
  35. Choose Yo' Seat and Set Down
  36. Handwriting on de Wall
  37. Another Man Done Gone
  38. Boll Weevil Blues
  39. Down on Me
  40. Certainly Lord
  41. Job, Job
  42. Poor Little Johnny
  43. Go to Sleep
  44. All Hid
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