The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46177   Message #687508
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
10-Apr-02 - 08:56 PM
Thread Name: lyr req: Kemo Kimo?
Subject: RE: Kemo Kimo?
Mad Maudlin- Sing song kitty cant you Ki me O occurs in George Christy and Wood's Melodies (New Song Book) copyright 1854. The nonsense chorus varies considerably from version to version. In part, it occurs in Frog in the Well.
"The refrain is not originally Negro, but is an old English nonsense rhyme- Prof. Kittredge in JAFL, xxxv, 396." All of the above from Newman L. White, 1928, American Negro Folk Songs. He reproduces parts of several versions.