My Name Be Jim Crow

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My Name Be Jim Crow is the one song on the EP that is not entirely written by someone formerly or currently incarcerated. DJC producer Fury Young wrote the first draft and sent it to Mark B. Springer, who had created a "Jim Crow" minstrel character in previous songs. Mark is a lifer who has been incarcerated 28 years. Mark changed the lyrics to fit his style and laid the music to it on a synth mandolin. The arrangement and vocals were recorded at Warren Correctional Institution, then instruments were overdubbed in order to achieve the old-time sound.


My Name be Jim Crow
lyrics by Mark B. Springer and Fury Young

Howdy folks!
My name be Jim Crow!
and I’m fiena’ take y’all on a history lesson!
Hear me crow this jingo jango!

I’m not a man or woman
I’se a wall-a-be cracker!
I come from ol’ Brit’iny
I’se a European’s Jimmy!

Firs I kill de Indy’s
An den I slave de blackies
Dey call me ol’ Jim Crow
Because I base upon blacky!

I row-a’-row for whitey
Upon de stage so fun’ly
N’ when ol’ Jim get off de stage
Dey laugh so-oh outloudly!

Now some dey call me Jimmy
Some call me o’ racis’
Da smart ones call me smarty
Because I right, de blacks are naughty!

My name be ol’ Jim Crow
And dis’ be yo’ history lesson!


from Die Jim Crow EP, released May 1, 2016
Lyrics by Mark B. Springer and Fury Young
Music by Mark B. Springer
Vocals by Mark B. Springer
Banjo: Caroline Kuhn
Upright bass: Isaac Levien
Harmonica: Jim Priest
Fiddle: Maura Scanlin
Tambourine, shaker: Alex Sniderman

Mark’s vocal and arrangement recorded by dr. Israel at Warren Correctional Institution, Lebanon OH.
Harmonica recorded by Sammy Newell at Priest Studios, Los Angeles CA.
Upright bass, banjo, and fiddle recorded by Eli Cohen at New England Conservatory, Boston MA.
Tambourine and shaker recorded by Alex Sniderman at Studio A, Brooklyn NY.

Produced by Fury Young
Co-producer/Engineer: dr. Israel
Mixed by dr. Israel
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at TurtleTone Studio NYC



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Die Jim Crow is a concept album about racism in the US prison system written and performed by formerly and currently incarcerated black musicians and writers from across the country.

The Die Jim Crow EP is available now. The full length concept album will be released in 2018.
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