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Slave Songs

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Ranisha Brower

on 4 April 2014

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Transcript of Slave Songs

Hoe Emma Hoe
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caller: Master he be a hard hard man.

Chorus: Hoe Emma Hoe, Hoe Emma Hoe.

Caller: Sell my people away from me.

Chorus: Hoe Emma Hoe, Hoe Emma Hoe.

Caller: Lord send my people into Egypt land.

Chorus: Hoe Emma Hoe, Hoe Emma Hoe.

Caller: Lord strike down Pharaoh and set them free.

Chorus: Hoe Emma Hoe, Hoe Emma Hoe, Hoe Emma Hoe.
(Repeat)
What do the lyrics mean?
By: Zaesha Ayala & Ranisha Brower
Slave Work Songs
This work songs is about an old slave named Joseph that has angered his overseer. Also, the old slave Joseph is witness friends and neighbors of his being sold therefore he predicts that he will be next.
Caller: Now see that possum he works hard.

Chorus: Hoe Emma Hoe, you turn around dig a hole in the ground, Hoe Emma Hoe.

Caller: But he can't work as hard a me.

Chorus: Hoe Emma Hoe, you turn around dig a hole in the ground, Hoe Emma Hoe.

Caller: He sits a horse just as pretty as can be.

Chorus: Hoe Emma Hoe, you turn around dig a hole in the ground, Hoe Emma Hoe.

Caller: He can ride on and leave me be.

Chorus: Hoe Emma Hoe, you turn around dig a hole in the ground, Hoe Emma Hoe.
(Repeat)
In this line of the songs the possum refers to the overseer because he just sits and watches them all day
In the conclusion of the songs pharaoh is used to symbolize the master
Analyzing the song
Hoe Emma Hoe inflicts a weary but ambitious emotion.
This is apart of the African American oral because they were not allowed to openly speak about or to to their masters and overseers therefore they came up with a code when singing so that they would not be punished.
Hoe Emma Hoe was to indirectly offend their master and overseer.
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