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Thread #134562 Message #3061650
Posted By: Mark Ross
26-Dec-10 - 05:15 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Origins of Hooka-Toka/Green Rocky Road
Subject: RE: Folklore: Origins of Hooka-Toka/Green Rocky Road
The version of GREEN GREEN ROCKY ROAD that most of us are familiar with comes a recording Harold Courlander did of young African-American girls playing a line game
"Hey Miss Mary you're names been called,
Come and take a seat besides the wall,
Give her a kiss and let her go,
She'll never sit by the wall no more.
It's a Green Green rocky Road......."
A poet by the name of Bob Kaufman reworked the lyrics, and Van Ronk and Len Chandler set the arrangement,
I heard the original on the Elektra/Folkways release the FOLK BOX back in the '60's.