“Ole Massa's Going Away”


"Ole Massa's goin' away, boys, He's goin' to see his brother. We'll wait till he gets out of sight, Then we'll throw down the hoe and shovel."


Despite the fact that this seems to be spoken by slaves, I suspect this is a minstrel tune. Most slaves on a plantation large enough to have multiple field workers would be bossed by overseers, not the master. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 215, "Ole Massa's Going Away" (1 fragment)
  2. BI, Br215


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: work slave brother
Found in: US(SE)