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Thread #34525   Message #1194097
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
26-May-04 - 12:34 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
Subject: Lyr Add: FOUR IN THE MIDDLE
Stewie's "Rio Grande" line brought to mind this old song chorus:

O, we're marching down to Dixie's land,
To Dixie's land, to Dixie's land
And our old flag shall wave to the Rio Grande
And treason shall go down!

From the Civil War song, "We're Marching Down to Dixie's Land." Lyric sheet at American Memory.

Lomax collected a play party song in Kingsville, Texas, 1939 Southern States Recording Trip which suggests that the 'coffee' verse in "Pretty Little Pink" is a floater:

Sung by Ruby Wilson, Kingsville, TX

"Green coffee grows on white oak trees,
The river flows with brandy ose
Go choose the one to roam with you,
As sweet as striped candy ose.

Four in the middle and you can't get about
Four in the middle and you can't get about
Four in the middle
Swing your partner around you.

Six in the middle and time half out

Eight in the middle and swing

Ten in the middle and two goes out

American Memory, under "Four in the Middle." Audio.