Erwin de Ruiter

Erwin de Ruiter

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Story Behind the Song

Story about slavery


The Cotton Tales
Soldier, my daddy was a soldier
He was told to carry a riffle
Fought the white man`s war
Cotton, my daddy grew cotton
Survived in a driftwood shack
They worked him like a dog
Tales of cotton
Lining a planter`s pocket
This is not a protest song but
A fight for freedom and be freed
Sailor, my daddy was a sailor
Keeping hell from damnation
Glide along the Spanish coast
Whip man, my daddy was a whip man
There`s fury in the fields
Message from a faraway war


These winds will embrace our swelling sail
Our free bark salutes the rising gale

Dead man, my daddy is a dead man
His body woven in a sailing cloth
Oh trade winds carry him home
Jesus, oh my tender Jesus
Help me make this journey and
Save this poor soul of mine


Lyrics: John Knight/Erwin de Ruiter Music: Erwin de Ruiter, August 2013

Song Length
Folk - Contemporary

Lyric Credits Erwin de Ruiter/John Knight
Music Credits Erwin de Ruiter
Producer Credits Stacy Hogan
Performance Credits Mathew Griffith (USA, vocals)