Who Sang Workin' (Work Song)? Joe Williams

Joe Williams Me and the Blues cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Jazz Blues
Style: Piano Blues
length: 2:33
Lyrics
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Breaking rocks and serving my time
Breaking rocks out here on the chain gang
Because they done convicted me of crime

[Chorus]
Hold it steady right there while I hit it
Well, reckon that ought to get it
Been working and working
But I still got so terribly far to go

I committed crime, Lord, I needed
Crime of being hungry and poor
I left the grocery store man bleeding
When they caught me robbing his store

[Chorus]

I heard the judge say five years
On chain-gang you gonna go
I heard the judge say five years labor
I heard my old man scream "Lordy, no!"

[Chorus]

Gonna see my sweet honey bee
Gonna break this chain off to run
Gonna lay down somewhere shady
Lord, I sure am hot in the sun

Hold it right there while I hit it
Well reckon that ought to get it
Been workin' and workin'
Been workin' and slavin'
And workin' and workin'
But I still got so terribly far to go

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 I'm Sticking With You Baby
  • 2 Me and the Blues
  • 3 Every Night
  • 4 Rocks in My Bed
  • 5 Come on Blues
  • 6 Workin' (Work Song)
  • 7 Soothe Me
  • 8 Early in the Morning
  • 9 Good Morning Heartache
  • 10 Kansas City
  • 11 A Woman
  • 12 Hobo Flats
  • 13 Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • 14 After All I've Been to You
  • 15 April in Paris

  • Release information
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 090266353620
    script: Latin