Sylvie


Part of SOUNDSWELL's Spring Presentation 2012. 

"Bring a little water Sylvie" is a Caribbean folk song, which appears to be the cry of prisoners desperate for a drink in the oppressive heat of the jail. 

However the composition and original recording is also credited to the legendary black American folk singer Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter (1885?-1949). Lead Belly was born and raised on a Louisiana plantation and eventually moved to Texas. The song (BRING ME LI’L WATER SILVY) allegedly evolved from recollections of his uncle Bob hollering to his aunt Sylvie for water while plowing the field in the heat of summer.


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