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Thread #76185   Message #1347515
Posted By: Azizi
04-Dec-04 - 05:42 PM
Thread Name: Depression era childrens' songs
Subject: RE: Folklore: Depression era childrens' songs
I just learned this uptempo chant from an African American woman who said she learned it from her aunt. The aunt was born in 1890 in Mississippi [and lived in Mississippi & Arkansas]. She would have been in her 40s during the depression {1930-1941}.

I was told that this chant was used as a "knee rocker". When I asked what a knee rocker was I was told that it was what you sang holding the baby on your knee. You bounce the baby up and down to the beat of the song.

Yes, I know. It's not a good reflection on love & marriage.

YTgfr heard her aunt chant this "knee rockin song" to her great nieces. I was told that a knee rockin song was when you ride the baby on your knee as you chant. The aunt was born