Just a herd of Negroes Driven to the field, Plowing, planting, hoeing, To make the cotton yield. When the cotton's picked And the work is done Boss man takes the money And we get none, Leaves us hungry, ragged As we were before. Year by year goes by And we are nothing more Than a herd of Negroes Driven to the field -- Plowing life away To make the cotton yield.
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- by (James Mercer) Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967), "Share-Croppers", appears in Shakespeare in Harlem, first published 1942 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Joseph Rubel , "Share-Croppers", published 1939 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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