From the recording BAREFOOT AND FLYING
01. I GOT A LITTLE HOME TO GO TO 3:22
Songwriter/Author: Traditional - Arr. by THE EH
Publishing: THE EBONY HILLBILLIES MUSIC INC
Africans were not happy campers under slavery, and fought it. They ran off the plantations, were rebellious to the point of committing homicide, and were sometimes driven to suicide by the rigors of their existence. The threat of being sold away from loved ones and family was used as a means of controlling their disruptive behavior. If a slave got word that a spectator had been ‘round to see Massa’ and knew that he might be on the short list to be sold, he would often run off to hide in the woods. He might also attempt to join the Maroons in Florida or other escapees who sought refuge in The Great Dismal Swamp. In such places, ex-slaves lived on their own as free men and women. “I Got A Little Home To Go To” is about this kind of exodus.