The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #86330 Message #1605121
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
14-Nov-05 - 08:16 PM
Thread Name: PC-Where is thy sting?-'Pick a Bale of Cotton' Ban
Subject: RE: PC-Where is thy sting?-'Pick a Bale of Cotton' Ban
Mis-information in my post of 2:05 PM. Just listened to the Rev. Mose Platt sing this perky little work song on the Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip (American Memory, Library of Congress). He used the phrase "jump down turn around, pick a bale a day."
The version is quite different from the one ascribed to 'Clear Rock' (Platt) in Lomax, ABFS 1934, which has the Shiloh verse, but not the 'jump around' phrase. I can't find a recording listed for Platt before 1939. Platt could have changed his lyrics, or those in Lomax could be a 'combined' version put together by Lomax- which has happened before. His recording of the song in his "Deep River of Song" collection lists an "unknown axe-cutting group" as singing the song.
The Traditional Ballad Index lists a 1933 recording by James "Iron Head" Baker, which I haven't heard, as the first record of the song.
Does anyone have the words to this one?