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Thread #97813   Message #1930446
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Jan-07 - 02:06 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Alabama Bound & Don't You Leave Me Here
Subject: RE: origin and lyr: Alabama Bound
Preacher in the pulpit-
Fragments collected in Alabama and New Orleans, 1915-1916, in White, General and Misc. Labor, no. 51 and 52.
51
Preacher in a pulpit,
Jumping up and down,
Negroes in the cornfield,
Shouting, "I'm Alabama bound."
52
De preacher in de pulpit put his bible down,
And all the niggers in the cotton field shouted,
"I'm Alabama bound."

White remarks "The first line comes from the common type of songs about women, in which a good-looking woman, a blondy woman, a brunette woman, etc., "make a preacher lay his Bible down."

In the section Songs About Women, White gives several exzmples:
8
It takes a dark-skinned baby
To make a preacher throw his bible down.

It takes a long, lean, lanky gal
To make a rabbit fight a hound.

10
It takes a long, tall yaller gal to make a preacher lay his Bible down.
It takes a long, tall yaller gal to make a bulldog break his chain.

etc. etc. More of these in other collections made 1900-1920.