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As the water begins to rise, Gabe comes to retie the lines on the boat and Vivian accuses him of much more.




I know my place; I sure know my lot,
I'm black, you're white, you call the shots.
Tell me why that Civil War was fought?
Unfree freedom is all the black man got.

I know my place, you bet I do,
I've got a name, but I'm just 'boy' to you!
How long we gotta wait this through?
Unfree freedom's got me mean and blue.

(Moan as a kind of chorus)

There's a lesson I learned and I ain't forgot,
One wrong step, and it's noose and knot!
That's what happened to Jimmy Scott,
White man's justice was all that poor man got.

He met a gal in an empty lot
He was soon fingered and he was caught;
Don't matter if innocent or not,
No trial at all for poor Jimmy Scott.

(Moan as chorus)

The years go by, it's all the same,
Ain't got respect, ain't called by name,
How long we playin' this white man's game?
Unfree freedom's just a cryin' shame.

I know my place, oh, yes, I do,
But if only you stood in my shoes--
If what's done to me was done to you,
Unfree freedom be breakin' your heart in two.

(Moan chorus.)


from Gumbo Bottoms, a Big Muddy Musical, released May 22, 2014
Willie Cogshell - Gabe
Kevin Hennessy – upright bass, Dave Para – guitar, David Wilson – fiddle


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Gumbo Bottoms Band and Cast Boonville, Missouri

"Gumbo Bottoms, a Big Muddy Musical" was inspired by stories of people who lived and worked along the Missouri River. Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts, a community organization in Boonville, Missouri, sponsored the development of the musical, the premiere in 2008, the regional tour and this studio recording. ... more

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