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Thread #11353   Message #84406
Posted By: Margo
06-Jun-99 - 12:52 PM
Thread Name: I give up. What's a HOGEYE?
Subject: RE: I give up. What's a HOGEYE?
Really, Matthew B., in THE END? HaHa

Yes, I have seen the alternate words in Hugill's book to indicate a relationship between a black man and a white woman. Instead of "railroad navvie" he says "railroad nigger". I've heard it sung "Sally in the garden picking peas with her golden hair hanging down to her knees". A definate black/white connection it would seem.

Can you imagine if hogeye is really such an obscene reference, and me going around singing about the hogeye man in front of my kids.............