Swing dat hammer--hunh--

from Sterling Brown – Southern Road on Rap Genius

Meaning

This poem depicts the inner monologue of a chain gang worker as he contemplates his tragedy and the tragedy of his family. Here, the “hunh” appears to be uttered by the prisoners, the hammer swingers. It is the sound of the performed action, and emphasizes that action’s rhythmic, percussive and physically demanding qualities.

To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “Southern Road” by Sterling Brown and leave a comment on the lyrics box