Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This Week's Freebie from The 1937 Flood

This week's freebie features a century-old folk song.

More than a hundred years ago, musicologist John Lomax recorded an African American woman they called "Dink" singing a song as she washed her man's clothes in a work camp on the banks of a river near Houston, Texas.

Forty years later, in 1945, the great Josh White put it on his first album. Since then, it's been recorded by scores of performers, sometimes as "Fare Thee Well," but most often simply as "Dink's Song." Click to hear the tune.

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