ANOTHER MAN DONE GONE
Chain gangs in the US were prevalent throughout the Southern states from 1880 – 1910 US andhave a shameful historical connection to slavery. Following the Civil war, repression of theAfrican American population continued in the south with blacks being arrested for minorinfractions and then placed on the chain gangs. Chain gangs were groups prisoners who whereshackled together and forced into manual labor from dawn until dusk building America’stransportation systems. The prison system became a way for the white southerner to maintaintheir control of black labor following the emancipation of the slave population. It was a very hardlife for these men who lived under these inhuman conditions.The stories of the chain gangs have been told countless times through song and music. “AnotherMan Done Gone” is one of the traditional Chain Gang songs that chronicled this horrendouspractice. This song tells of the death of one of the men on the chain gang working on one of thecountry farms. Death occurred frequently because of the harsh conditions under which theseprisoners were kept. The sad truth is told with the line “I didn’t know his name. They did him justthe 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 songstelling of those times and the hardships faced by the black population in the south.Another man done goneAnother man done goneAnother man done goneFrom the country farmAnother man done gone.He had a long chain onHe had a long chain onHe had a long chain onFrom the country farmAnother man done gone.I didn’t know his nameI didn’t know his nameI didn’t know his nameThey did him just the sameAnother man done gone.He killed another manHe killed another manHe killed another man
From the country farmAnother man done gone.Another man done goneAnother man done goneAnother man done goneFrom the country farmAnother man done gone.