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Harry Belafonte chante : Midnight Special (1962) - Harmonica : Bob Dylan - Guitare : Millard Thomas -


Harry Belafonte accompagné par Bob Dylan à l'harmonica, en 1961. Bob Dylan fait ici ses débuts... Il percevait 50 $ par session... Compositeur : George Ivan Morrison


Le "Midnight Special" était un train de nuit quittant Houston au Texas à minuit. Il se dirigeait vers l'Ouest. Son trajet le faisait passer devant la prison-ferme de Sugarland. La lampe à l'avant du train est devenue un symbole de liberté pour les Noirs de l'Est du Texas. /// The Midnight Special was a train that each night passed the prison in Sugarland, Texas, and became a symbol or metaphor for freedom, for going away from Sugarland. Leadbelly once said that it was considered good luck to have a cell located so that the headlight from that train would shine in as the train passed. (Sam Hinton,, 18 Sep)
Midnight Special would be a worksong used in the prison farms in the southern U.S. while picking cotton or chopping cane. Not a real train like Shorty George but the prisoner's physical symbol of freedom (at night time from work or day time from prison) and the wish to ride the rails towards anywhere that would take them from their life in hell (or to end it all by being under the wheels of the same train). /// "Midnight Special" is a 1962 album by Jamaican-American singer, Harry Belafonte. The album notably contains the very first official recording of Bob Dylan, who plays harmonica on the title track.