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Thread #114362   Message #2461654
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
09-Oct-08 - 09:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Work Gang Songs
Subject: Lyr Add: WOODCHOPPER'S SONG
Lyr. Add: WOODCHOPPER'S SONG

Ole Mister Oak tree, yo' day done come!
Zim-zam-zip-zoom!
Gwine chop you down an' cahy you home!
Bim-bam-biff-boom!
Buhds in de branches fin' anodder nes'!
Zim-zam-zip-zoom!
Ole Mister Oak Tree, he gwine to his res'!
Bim-bam-biff-zoom!

White folks callin' for day wahm wintah fiah!
Zim-Zam-zip-zoom!
Lif' de axe, Black Boy, hyah, hyah, hyah!
Bim-bam-biff-boom!

The zim- etc. sounds are "more like hissing, humming, whistling and crooning tones emphasized by the blows of the axe."
Coll. by Mrs. R. C. Thompson, Arkansas.
Dorothy Scarborough, 1925, "On the Trail of Negro Folk Songs," pp. 214-215.

Not a work gang song, but sung by the working individual.