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Jazz Age: Homage to Sharecroppers

by William Chandler


About Jazz Age


A song about coming of age in the American South during the time of Jump Jim Crow. This solo for classical guitar was written by William Chandler and was arranged for solo guitar by Chandler and Matt Palmer. William Kenlon edited the score. Lyrics to the song version follow below.

The recording was performed by Chandler on the guitar. HandymanIT provided sound engineering.

The cover art features the painting "Cotton Field" by North Carolina artist Micah Mullen. Visit his web site to view more of his art. Cover design was provided by Laura McConnell of Fun With Type" in Baltimore.

The score is available from our retail partner, Strings by Mail.


Jazz Age

Homage to Sharecroppers

William Chandler

© 1985, 2018

I was not born a master.
You were not born a slave.

Born like you on a southern back road
Raised like you on the brick red clay
Left like you for the cool blue city
From the Jump Jim Crow day-to-day
Of the Jazz Age.

Out of time on a southern hillside
Out of reach of the top
They’d all say.
Nothing to do but to move your babies
Before day
Before the man blows your oldest away
In this Jazz Age.

Enough to eat,
A place to sleep
And give us time to play
‘Cause we’re a part of the Jazz Age.

Let me live on a rock coast island,
Let me stay with the blue-green muse,
Let me shake the hand of a son of a free man
From the bebop diddle dee aye
Of the Jazz Age.

Enough to eat
A place to sleep
And give us time to play
‘Cause we’re a part of the Jazz Age.