#767: 1960, Sam Cooke, Chain Gang

by Jackie_South on September 27, 2013

Today, my colleague Ray North was challenged for portraying migrant workers in Qatar as being virtual slaves. Lo and behold, The Guardian then posted a story about precisely that.

That brought Sam Cooke’s classic to mind. His song of course is about chain-ganged prisoners in the Deep South rather than Nepalese immigrants being worked to death, but

My, my, my, my, my, my, my, my, my work is so hard
Give me water, I’m thirsty

sounds an accurate reflection on their plight in the desert sun.

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George_East September 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

Wonderful stuff and a long overdue second song from Sam Cooke. Immense.

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