“Hard to Be a Nigger”


"Well, it makes no difference How you make out your time. White man sho' to bring a Nigger out behind. Ain't it hard (x3) to be a nigger?" "Nigger makes do cotton, White folks get de money." The singer complains about unequal pay and unequal justice


  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 233-234, "Hard to Be a Nigger" (1 text)
  2. BrownIII 473 "White Folks Go to College" (1 fragment, at least tangentially related to this song); also 480, "Hard Times" (1 text, massively composite: Chorus from "Lynchburg Town" and verses from "Old Bee Makes the Honey Comb" and the "White Folks Go to College" version of "Hard to Be a Nigger")
  3. Scarborough-NegroFS, pp. 227-228, "Ain't It Hard to Be a Nigger" (1 text plus a possible fragment)
  4. Roud #15555
  5. BI, LxA233


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Lomax)
Found in: US