Ain't No More Cane
Album: The Basement Tapes
This is actually a prison work song rather than a normal work song, if you
feel like splitting hairs about it. It functions the same way as any work
song, but the vocabulary is that of the Texas prisons and it is about prison
life. There are many versions of it, the arrangement that the Band uses should be noted
to the "king of the twelve string guitar"
Huddie 'Leadbelly' Leadbetter. Bruce Jackson's
book 'Wake Up Dead Man' has a lot of information about this song as well as
other prison songs.
G C G Ain't no more cane on the Brazos(1) G A D Oh, oh, oh, oh... G C G Its all been ground down to molasses D7 C G Oh, oh- oh, oh- oh... You shoulda been on the river in 1910 They were driving the women just like they drove the men. Go down Old Hannah,(2) don'cha rise no more Don't you rise up til Judgment Day's for sure Ain't no more cane on the Brazos Its all been ground down to molasses Captain(3), don't you do me like you done poor old Shine Well ya drove that bully(4) til he went stone blind Wake up on a lifetime(5), hold up your own head Well you may get a pardon and then you might drop dead Ain't no more cane on the Brazos Its all been ground down to molasses.