ANOTHER MAN DONE GONE

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 ANOTHER MAN DONE GONE
  • Chain gangs in the US were prevalent throughout the Southern states from 1880 – 1910 US and
    have a shameful historical connection to slavery. Following the Civil war, repression of the
    African American population continued in the south with blacks being arrested for minor
    infractions and then placed on the chain gangs. Chain gangs were groups prisoners who where
    shackled together and forced into manual labor from dawn until dusk building America’s
    transportation systems. The prison system became a way for the white southerner to maintain
    their control of black labor following the emancipation of the slave population. It was a very hard
    life for these men who lived under these inhuman conditions.
    The stories of the chain gangs have been told countless times through song and music. “Another
    Man Done Gone” is one of the traditional Chain Gang songs that chronicled this horrendous
    practice. This song tells of the death of one of the men on the chain gang working on one of the
    country farms. Death occurred frequently because of the harsh conditions under which these
    prisoners were kept. The sad truth is told with the line “I didn’t know his name. They did him just
    the same” The prisoners were considered so dispensable that their names were unimportant.
    Many artists have recorded this sad song of lament.
    Leadbelly, who is one of the most famous musicians and revered song writers in US history,
    served as a chain gang member after he’d been jailed in 1918. He too penned many blues songs
    telling of those times and the hardships faced by the black population in the south.
    Another man done gone
    Another man done gone
    Another man done gone
    From the country farm
    Another man done gone.
    He had a long chain on
    He had a long chain on
    He had a long chain on
    From the country farm
    Another man done gone.
    I didn’t know his name
    I didn’t know his name
    I didn’t know his name
    They did him just the same
    Another man done gone.
    He killed another man
    He killed another man
    He killed another man
  • From the country farm
    Another man done gone.
    Another man done gone
    Another man done gone
    Another man done gone
    From the country farm
    Another man done gone.