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Black Cross 1

(Hezekiah Jones)

Joseph S. Newman, Lord Buckley

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22 Dec 1961
cd imgTHE MINNESOTA TAPES (T-318)
cd imgTHE MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL TAPE & THE GASLIGHT CAFE
cd imgGREAT WHITE WONDER (vinyl bootleg)

  The Minnesota Hotel Tape: Home of Bonnie Beecher, Minneapolis MN - 22.dec.1961  

There was a man called Hezekiah Jones once
An' he never had much except a farm an' some land.
He ate what he raised. 'T was in a cupboard
He kept there in the cupboard, what he called ''for the rainy season''.
But this one he'd have somethin' left over
He'd spend it an' he'd buy books
An' he'd read his books, kept there in the cupboard.

White folks around the county said, 
''Well he's harmless enough i suppose
But well look at it, 
He better put down them goddamn books
Readin' ain't no good for an ignorant nigger''.

Reverent Greene of the white men's church came around that year
Knockin' on doors, he knocked on Hezekiah's door
He says, ''Hezekiah you believe in the lord?''
Hezekiah says, ''Well i never seen the lord, i can say as i do.''
Reverent says, ''Hezekiah you believe in the church?'
Hezekiah says, ''Well church is divided, ain't they?
They can't make up their minds, i can't make up mine either.''
Reverent says, ''Hezekiah you believe in that if a man is good, heaven is his last reward?''
Hezekiah says, ''I'm good, i'm good, i'm as good as my neighbor.''
''You don't believe in nothin'', says the white men's preacher.

''Oh yes i do'', says Hezekiah
''I believe that a man should be beholdin' to his neighbor
Not for the reward of heaven or the fear of hell's fire.''
''But you don't understand'', says the white men's preacher
''There's a lot of good ways for a man to be wicked''.

And they hung Hezekiah as high as a pigeon
White folks around said, 
''Well he had it comin', the son of a bitch never had no religion!''  up
    

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Black Cross 2


15 Oct 1962
cd imgTHE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
cd imgGASLIGHT TAPES (T-104)

  Live, Gaslight Cafˇ, NYC - 15.oct.1962  

This is the story of Hezekiah Jones. 
Hezekiah Jones lived in a place in Arkansas. 
He never had too much, 'cept he had some land
And he had a couple of hogs and things like that. 
Never had much money but he spent what he did make as fast as he made it 
So it never really mattered that he had much money. 
But in the cupboard there, he kept in the cupboard, kept in the cupboard, books. 
He called the books, his rainy season.

White folks around the county there, talked about Hezekiah
They said uh, ''Well, well Hezekiah he's harmless enough
But the way I see it, he better put down those goddamn books. 
Reading them make no good for a ignorant nigger.''

One day the white men's preacher came around,
Knockin' on doors, knockin' on all the doors in the county.
He knocked on Hezekiah's door. 
He said, ''Hezekiah, you believe in the lord?''
Hezekiah says, ''Well, i don't know, i never really seen the lord, i can say as i do.''
He says, ''Hezekiah, you believe in the church?''
Hezekiah says, ''Well, the church is divided, ain't they?
They can't make up their mind, i am just like them, i can't make up mine either.''
He says, ''Hezekiah, you believe that if man is good, heaven is his last reward?''
Hezekiah says, ''I am good, good as my neighbour.''
''You don't believe in nothin'', says the white man's preacher, ''you don't believe in nothin'.''

''Oh! yes I do'', says Hezekiah
''I believe that a man should be indebted to his neighbour,
Not for the reward of heaven or the fear of hell fire.''
''But you don't understand'', said the white man's preacher.
''There are a lot of good ways for a man to be wicked.''

And they hung Hezekiah as high as a pigeon.
White folks around there said, 
''Well, he had it comin', that son of a bitch never had no religion.''  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

4 Nov 1961 CARNEGIE CHAPTER HALL 1961
22 Dec 1961 1 THE MINNESOTA TAPES (b)
THE MINNEAPOLIS HOTEL TAPE & THE GASLIGHT CAFE
GREAT WHITE WONDER (vb)
15 Oct 1962 2 THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
GASLIGHT TAPES (b)