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Otis Taylor — Ten Million Slaves
Album: Respect the Dead
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Released: 2002
Length: 3:11
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Rain and fire crossed that ocean
Another mad man done struck again
Rain and fire crossed that ocean
Another mad man done struck again

Sitting down here fallout shelter
Paint my walls, twice a week
Sitting down here fallout shelter
Think about the slaves, long time ago

Ten million slaves crossed that Ocean
They had shackles on their Legs
Ten million slaves crossed that Ocean
They had shackles on their Legs

Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been
Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been

Sun goes out, you'll be standing
You'll be standing by yourself
Sun goes out, you'll be standing
You'll be standing by yourself

Ten million slaves crossed that Ocean
They had shackles on their legs
Ten million slaves crossed that Ocean
They had shackles on their legs

Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been
Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been

Ten million slaves crossed that ocean
They had shackles on their legs
Food goes bad, food looks Rancid
But they ate it anyway

Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been
Don't know where, where they're going
Don't know where, where they've been

Sun goes out, you'll be standing
You'll be standing all alone
Sun goes out, you'll be standing
You'll be standing all alone
All alone, all alone, all alone, all alone, all alone
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Ah, I hear what ya did there, BillG; played this after D'Angelo's Unshaken.
That distortion sound in the background really is unnecessary 
 Shawnmcc wrote:
Great song, but is that inane electronic buzzing really necessary? Doubt it.


 
Do you mean the distorted, fuzz guitar sound?  Apparently he thought it was necessary, despite your doubts.
Wow.  That just gives me the chills.  
Wish I could play the banjo as well as this. Enjoying this version
Bill thanks, good to hear Otis. Have heard him playing on the Gary Moore album Bad For You Baby 2008. It would be great to hear Gary Moore on RP! 
See Otis live, especially if Anne Harris is with him....  {#Clap}
 Shawnmcc wrote:

Great song, but is that inane electronic buzzing really necessary? Doubt it.

 
I don't hear that.  Try plugging the jacks in all the way.  Plus I think the number is more than 10 million by now.
I saw Otis on the San Diego blues cruise last Oct.... Jaw dropping shows he did.....I mean stunning, and he is very nice as well..... His daughter plays bass with the band and he had a violinist named Anne Harris, she is sooooo good... Look her up, check it out.....I haven't seen any other show quite like it. 
This rocks.



Great song, but is that inane electronic buzzing really necessary? Doubt it.


This is awesome, I gotta check more o this dude out!{#Cheers}
gee, I like this.
"Trance blues" hmmmm, nice...{#Cowboy}  most excellent 8.

Never heard of Otis Taylor until a couple months ago when we were at the Doheny Blues Festival.  He played this song, which really caught my attention as were we walking by, so we stayed and listened to the rest of his set.  Gotta say though that I like his version on "Recapturing the Banjo" better than this one.


"Otis!  My man!"

 Ando wrote:
This guy's voice was the best part of the (not so great) movie Public Enemies.
 
I loved this song in that movie.


This guy's voice was the best part of the (not so great) movie Public Enemies.
Not my thing, but I know you wouldn't hear this anywhere else.
Like waiting for the train with pennies on the track.

Go to the download service of your choice and check this guy out.

If you're anything like me, it'll be an expensive but worthwhile visit.
As always,you are on top off things Bill!

proper stuff...don't mince the story.gets lost if ya do...Love it ...according to the news...we ...hem!!! he be singing about Child slavery....as close to home as Haiti...the selling of children for servitude to assholes that treat them as slaves :fire: :beat: sicko's
His website calls this "trance blues". I really like it! Thanks, Bill. Another artist "found" through RP.
Wow, never heard this, or of Otis Taylor (so shoot me), but I'm enjoying this song. I'm getting a Richie Havens "Freedom" vibe from this.
Wonderful, earthy groovy blues
Otis my Man , We love ya !
fatcatjb wrote:
this is great! Something new for me, so thanks yet again, RP I am hearing more and more banjo...is it experiencing a crossover revival?
I can answer that question in one word: Bela
Awesome!
I bought this CD from iTunes and have completely worn it out on my ipod...the whole damn thing is amazing, as amazing as this song. I've never heard anyone do so much with so little
wally42 wrote:
Let's hear more Otis!
yes please :high-five:
This one haunts me. Great stuff.
this is great! Something new for me, so thanks yet again, RP I am hearing more and more banjo...is it experiencing a crossover revival?
Dave_Mack wrote:
Very interesting. Is that Johnette, or whatever her name is, from Concrete Blonde, singing the "hey hey"s? Or maybe Toni Childs? (No backing vocals show on the credits on AMG)
It's his daughter Cassie Taylor
Let's hear more Otis!
Very interesting. Is that Johnette, or whatever her name is, from Concrete Blonde, singing the "hey hey"s? Or maybe Toni Childs? (No backing vocals show on the credits on AMG)
I like this!
diggin this!
This one sticks with me. In a good way. Been waiting to hear it again.
Whoa - I almost panicked because I heard an insect flying in my earphones. Is that just me? I don't like the song apart from that either.
this guy puts on a great live show. trance blues, they call it. the jams are sweet!
great!
Great picking on this song. Any one know what the rest of the cd is like?
the_om wrote:
You gotta...treat her like a lady... Do you hear it?
:good-vibes: I hear it. ButI like this. Give it a 7.
You gotta...treat her like a lady... Do you hear it?
DaGmaing wrote:
I like this tune.
me too :)
I like this tune.