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I Wonder When I'll Be Called a Man?

This song is by Big Bill Broonzy and appears on the compilation album Big Bill Broonzy Sings Country Blues (1957) and on the compilation Folk Song America: A 20th Century Revival, Vol.2 (1991).

When I was born into this world
This is what happened to me
I was never called a man
And now I'm fifty-three

I wonder when
I wonder when
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

When Uncle Sam called me
I knowed I'd be called a real McCoy
And I got none of this
Just called me soldier boy

I wonder when
I wonder when
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

When I got back from overseas
That night we had a ball
Next day I met the old boss
He said, "Boy get you some overalls"

I wonder when
I wonder when
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

I've worked on the levee camps
And axer gangs too
Black man's a boy
I don't care what he can do

I wonder when
I wonder when
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

They said I was uneducated
My clothes were dirty and torn
Now I've got a little education
But I'm still a boy right on

I wonder when
I wonder when
I wonder when will I get to be called a man
Do I have to wait till I get ninety-three?

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