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Thread #95164 Message #1930931
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
08-Jan-07 - 09:17 PM
Thread Name: Origin: This Morn, This Eve, Right Now
Subject: RE: Origin: This Morn, This Eve, Right Now
Norm Cohen puts Daniel's song, "Can't Put the Bridle on That Mule This Morning," as structurally kin to "How Many Biscuits Can You Eat.."
However, it is reminiscent of "Mule-Song" in H. W. Odum, Folk-Song and Folk-Poetry ..., JAFL vol. 24, no. 93, 1911, p. 10, which I believe was posted in thread 5793: Mule Song
1st and 3rd verses:
I went up Zion Hill this mornin' on a wagon,
I went on a wagon up Zion's Hill this mornin',
The durn ole mule stop right still this mornin', this mornin', so soon.
Yes, I hollow at the mule, an' the mule would not gee, this mornin',
Yes, I hollow at the mule and the mule would not gee,
An' I hit him across the head with the single-tree, so soon.
Norm Cohen, JAFL vol. 99, no. 392, 1896, pp. 241-247; "Blues, Pre-Blues, and Gospel Reissues."
The article discusses Paul Oliver's "Songsters & Saints: Vocal Traditions on Race Records," and the two volumes of recordings that complement the book.