This is also a new example of backing up “Policeman.” A little bit simpler, that the example we played in the workshop. But then, very powerful, and a lot of fun to play.

You should spend some time with “Policeman” and learn to sing the lyrics. Research seems to have established, that “Policeman” is of black origin, and that “Police” is a reference to the brute oppression that the African Americans faced under white rule. In the black version the last line goes: – What’s gonna come of me? In white version: – Shot him down with my ’44 this morning. Very different views of life.

My source: Cecelia Conway, African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia (1995).