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Thread #98836 Message #1961939
Posted By: Goose Gander
09-Feb-07 - 12:43 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Carrion Crow
Subject: RE: CARRION CROW
THE OLD SOW'S IN THE CORNER
The old sow's in the corner putting down bread
The pig's out-doors a-combing their heads
Chi flay gilden gilden
Chi flay gilden gay
Up jump uppy and he crawled away
To me ling long ling long chi yaw may
The dog's in the pond a-hollering up frogs
Frog's in the woods a-skinning up logs
I shot the oak and I missed the pine
And I pressed that gourd neck to the vine
I drugged the old sow through the house
And there I had backbones, chittlings and souse
Morris, Folksongs of Florida (1950) pp.393-395 (version a)
THE CARRION CROW
One day sittin' down a-cuttin' out a coat
Down came a crow, and lit in the oak
Up jumped Jilly with a tore down billy
With a rink-shank-phil-a-delo-ki-mi-o
We shot the old sow right slam to the heart
"Wife, oh wife, let's drag her to the house"
"She'll make us plenty of pudding and souse"
"The bread and meat's all on the shelf
Now if you want any more song
You can sing it yourself"
Morris, Folksongs of Florida (1950) pp.393-395 (version b)
From the singing of Mrs. Irene Harmon, Gainsville.
"Concerning her songs . . . 'They bring back memories of my childhood spent at Callahan. During the long winter evenings while boiling cane juice a crowd often got together and sang first one song then another, just as they came from the lips of the singers. Most of us were related to each other, because most of us were Scotch-Irish and lived there for a long time.'"