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Joshua Gone Barbados 1

Eric Von Schmidt


May 1964
cd img50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964

  The home of Eric Von Schmidt, Saratosa FL - May 1964, dylan back-up vocal and harmonica  

Cane standing in the fields, gettin' old and red
M-m-m-m, three men lying dead
Joshua, head of the government, say strike for better pay
People they'll be striking, Joshua gone away.

Joshua gone Barbados, staying in a big hotel
People on this island got sad tales to tell.

Well the sugar mill owner told the strikers
Don't need you to cut my cane
Yes your strike be all in vain.

Joshua gone Barbados, staying in a big hotel
People on this island had bad tales to tell.

Well they got a lot of tough fellows, they bring 'em from Zion Hill
Bring 'em in a bus to Georgetown, you know somebody get killed
And Sonny Child the overseer, I say he's an ignorant man
Walkin' through the cane field, a pistol in his hand

Joshua gone Barbados, stayin' in a big hotel
People on this island got many sad tales to tell.

Police give'em protection, new fellows cuttin' cane
Well the strikers can't do nothin', strike be all in vain
Sonny Child curse the strikers, wave his pistol 'round
Beatin' Sonny with a cutlass, they beat him to the ground.

Joshua gone Barbados, just like he don't know
People on Saint Vincent had nowhere to go.

Cane standin' in the fields getting old and red
Sonny Child in the hospital, a pistol on his bed
I wish I could go to Trinidad or CuraƧao
But the people on this island they got nowhere to go.

Joshua gone Barbados, staying in a big hotel
People on this island got many sad tales to tell.  up
    

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Joshua Gone Barbados 2 (uncomplete)


May/Oct 1967
cd imgTHE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 11 THE BASEMENT TAPES COMPLETE
cd imgA TREE WITH ROOTS (T-731)
cd imgTHE GENUINE BASEMENT TAPES Vol. 5 (T-224)

  The Basement Tapes - May/October 1967  

Cane standin' in the fields, gettin' old an' red
Lots of misery in Georgetown, three men lying dead
Joshua, head of the government, say strike for better pay
Cane cutters are striking, Joshua gone away.

Joshua gone Barbados, just like he don't know
People on this island, they've got nowhere to go.

Well all down here in the city, you can hear the women bawl
Joshua gone Barbados, he don't care at all.

Sonny Child the overseer, I swear he's an ignorant man
He's walking through the cane field, a pistol in his hand
Now on the ...... cross the strikers, all in a rave
They're boundin' in jail, strike be all in vain.

Joshua gone Barbados, just like he don't know
People on Saint Vincent had no place to go.  up
    

 Recording dates & record list

May 1964 1 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
May/Oct 1967 2 THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 11 THE BASEMENT TAPES COMPLETE
A TREE WITH ROOTS (b)
THE GENUINE BASEMENT TAPES Vol. 5 (b)