Picking Cotton All Day Song

1. Play this Youtube video of Bessie Brown’s “Song from a Cotton Field”.  

2. Discuss the lyrics of the song. 

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Hey, hee, hi, ho, pickin' cotton all day
Hey, hee, hi, ho, just a-pickin' away
White folks knows I'm workin'
They knows gon' be no shirkin'
Hee, hi, ho, I knows I'll get my pay

Ain't no use kickin' 'cause I'll be pickin'
Till all my children is grown
Then I'll shuffle and skip and scuffle
To have a field of my own
All my life, I've been makin' it
All my life, white folks takin' it
This old heart, they's just breakin' it
Ain't got a thing to show for what I done done
But things get brighter; loads get lighter
I'll keep a-pluckin' away
Sing my song like I'm happy and gay
All day
Just tell the world for me: My soul's done set me free
That's the song I'll sing till they put me under the clay

[Chorus]

Oh, chil'en, stop your grumblin'
Oh, that's a block for stumblin'
Just keep on workin' and praisin'
You'll see that you'll conquer someday


Ain't no use kickin' 'cause I'll be pickin'
Till all my children is grown
Then I'll shuffle and skip and scuffle
To have a field of my own
All my life, I've been makin' it
All my life, white folks takin' it
This old heart, they's just breakin' it
Ain't got a thing to show for what I done done
But things get brighter; loads get lighter
I'll keep a-pluckin' away
Sing my song like I'm happy and gay
All day
Just tell the world for me: My soul's done set me free
That's the song I'll sing till they put me under the clay

3. Clean raw cotton by hand to understand how hard working on a cotton plantation was.

 


15 ozs raw cotton (no lesson plan)

15 ozs raw cotton (no lesson plan)

Fifteen ounces of raw cotton (cotton with seeds inside).  Enough for 35-40 students to clean a meaningful sample (as seen in the above video).  Due to weight, lesson plans are not included.   Shipping is Free (already included in the price to b..

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