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A work song, "Pay Me My Money Down" (Roud 21449) originated among the Negro stevedores working in the Georgia Sea Islands. It was collected by Lydia Parrish and published in her 1942 book, Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands: Wikipedia

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Song Lyrics

I thought I heard the Captain say,

Pay me my money down,

Tomorrow is our sailing day,

Pay me my money down

Oh pay me, oh pay me,

Pay me my money down,

Pay me or go to jail,

Pay me my money down

As soon as the boat was clear of the bar,

Pay me my money down,

The captain knocked me down with a spar,

Pay me my money down

Oh pay me, oh pay me,

Pay me my money down,

Pay me or go to jail,

Pay me my money down

If I`d been a rich man`s son,

Pay me my money down,

I`d sit on the river and watch it run,

Pay me my money down

Oh pay me, oh pay me,

Pay me my money down,

Pay me or go to jail,

Pay me my money down

[trumpet]

well...

I wish I was Mr Gates,

Pay me my money down,

They`d haul my money in in crates,

Pay me my money down

Oh pay me, oh pay me,

Pay me my money down,

Pay me or go to jail,

Pay me my money down

Well 40 nights, nights at sea

Pay me my money down,

Captain worked every last dollar out of me,

Pay me my money down

Oh pay me, oh pay me,

Pay me my money down,

Pay me or go to jail,

Pay me my money down

Oh pay me, oh pay me,

Pay me my money down,

Pay me or go to jail,

Pay me my money down

pay me my money down

pay me my money down

pay me my money down

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Release History

Disc Track Album Year
1 11 We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions Studio Album 2006
1 16 Live In Dublin Studio Album 2007
1 16 Live In Dublin Video 2009
1 9 The Church Sessions Unofficial 2006
1 13 Verona, Samson & Delilah Unofficial 2006
1 18 Wembley Session Second Night Unofficial 2007

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Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
Track Song Title Duration
1 Old Dan Tucker 2:31
2 Jesse James 3:48
3 Mrs. McGrath 4:20
4 O Mary Don't You Weep 6:05
5 John Henry 5:07
6 Erie Canal 4:03
7 Jacob's Ladder 4:28
8 My Oklahoma Home 6:04
9 Eyes on The Prize 5:17
10 Shenandoah 4:53
11 Pay Me My Money Down 4:32
12 We Shall Overcome 4:53
13 Froggie Went A-Courtin' 4:33
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