“Mary Don’t You Weep,” Georgia field hands, Aretha Franklin

 From Boing Boing last night, posted by Xeni Jardin. It’s a rainy Sunday morning; I managed to haul myself out of bed early and am now listening to Aretha’s wonderful version of the song.

“‘Oh Mary don’t you weep,’ an early film recording of unknown origin, found on YouTube with the description “Georgia Field Hands, recorded 1928-1935.” More about the song, which was a sort of coded message of resistance in the American South, and seems timely today, with current events in Egypt. Thanks to NPR’s Andy Carvin for the inspiration.”

Lyrics here. There have been many great renditions of this song throughout the ages; Aretha Franklin’s from 1972 is one of the finest to be found on YouTube.”

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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