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Single: Ding Dang Dong
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Will This Town Survive?
Released: Mar 13, 2014
Label: Mark Fielding Darden
Track Listing
1 Ding Dang Dong

Liner Notes

Ding, Dang, Dong

Started out life as a little bitty boy, ain't no surprise in that
Daddy worked day and night for the man, momma raised us to do right

I'll be ding, I'll be dang, I'll be ding dang dong
Gotta be workin' for the dollar
I'll be ding, I'll be dang, I'll be ding dang dong
Gotta be workin' for the man

Turned thirteen and got me a job, workin' down at the feesh house
Pickin' them scallops and shellin' them shrimp, all the live long day

I'll be ding, I'll be dang, I'll be ding dang dong
Gotta be workin' for the dollar
I'll be ding, I'll be dang, I'll be ding dang dong
Gotta be workin' for the man

Turned sixteen and found me a gal, dark hair and fiery
Had three kids by twenty-one, and life was in my hands

I'll be ding, I'll be dang, I'll be ding dang dong
Gotta be workin' for the dollar
I'll be ding, I'll be dang, I'll be ding dang dong
Gotta be workin' for the man

My wife ran off with the feesh camp man, and left me with the younguns
That was twenty years ago, and I'm still cleanin' feesh

I'll be ding, I'll be dang, I'll be ding dang dong
Gotta be workin' for the dollar
I'll be ding, I'll be dang, I'll be ding dang dong
Gotta be workin' for the man

© 2004/ Fielding Darden/ Blue Creek Valley, NC

This song came to me while I was working on my farm at Blue Creek. The chorus first, and then the lyrics... almost as fast. I had to go inside to record it on small hand-held device that I started using about that time to keep up with new song melodies. Clifton Preddy on fiddle, Bill McDonald on banjo, me on guitar, and either Zak McLamb or Charles Smith on bass. The Baysden family is singing background harmonies.

Songs used to come to my father like this. We'd be coming back from a Saturday deer hunt with his kennel buddies in the jungles of Panama, and he'd just make up little ditties and songs, whistling away. In the truck, just the two of us. He never did that anywhere else that I recall. Just riding around with me.

The picture for the single is of fishermen who worked in Salter Path in the early days. The last one died about 2010. Taken on the ocean side of Bogue Isle in Salter path NC sometime in the 1920's or 30's.