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Lyr Req: Jimmie Crack Corn

denny denny.maloy@pss.boeing.com 19 May 99 - 05:15 PM
Jon W. 19 May 99 - 06:39 PM
Chris Seymour 19 May 99 - 10:53 PM
Ferrara 20 May 99 - 07:47 AM
GUEST,Major Jeff White 14 Feb 00 - 09:50 AM
Crowhugger 14 Feb 00 - 10:03 AM
Amos 14 Feb 00 - 02:09 PM
Gary T 14 Feb 00 - 02:54 PM
mayomick 22 Mar 11 - 01:09 AM
MGM·Lion 22 Mar 11 - 01:45 AM
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Subject: Looking for lyrics=Jimmie crack corn
From: denny denny.maloy@pss.boeing.com
Date: 19 May 99 - 05:15 PM

I am looking for the original lyrics and music of .... Jimmy crack corn...I don't think that is the actual name of the song though.Any help out there?
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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics=Jimmie crack corn
From: Jon W.
Date: 19 May 99 - 06:39 PM

Here is one version in the database, and here is another. I don't pretend to know which, if either, is more original. We had another discussion of this a couple of months ago and in it were included links to the Lester Levy collection of old sheet music. The versions in that collection are more similar to the second version in the DT than the first, and date back into the mid 1800's.


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics=Jimmie crack corn
From: Chris Seymour
Date: 19 May 99 - 10:53 PM

Michael Cooney, a fine folk singer who now lives in Maine, USA, recorded the first version, more or less, on his first album on Folk-Legacy. It is an *excellent* record, and I expect Folk-Legacy's Sandy Paton will tell us soon whether it's available.


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics=Jimmie crack corn
From: Ferrara
Date: 20 May 99 - 07:47 AM

Version 2 is the one I learned from my mom, but I feel frustrated that so many fine old southern expressions are incomprehensible to the folk musicians of today :-). Which is to say, I don't think you should sing "give me cracked corn" or "gimmie cracked corn" as the chorus of this song, because it ain't right and it ain't traditional. The phrase is "Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care."

The way Mommy (who grew up in small towns in Georgia) explained it to her little girls is, "Jimmy crack corn and I don't care, the massa's gone away" means "Jimmy has opened a jug of corn whiskey and I am so heart broken at the master's death, I don't even care whether I drink any or not."

Dick, I wish you'd fix that one. I never knew anyone who learned it in the oral tradition who sang anything but "Jimmy Crack Corn."

- Rita Ferrara, who can get a teensy bit curmudgeonly when she has a strong attachment to what she considers the "real words."


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Subject: Lyr Add: JIMMY CRACK CORN
From: GUEST,Major Jeff White
Date: 14 Feb 00 - 09:50 AM

My father sent me this version of the lyrics he learned as a boy in Tennessee.

When I was young, I used to wait
Upon ol' massa every day
Passed down the bottle when he got dry
And chased away the blue-tailed fly.

Jimmy crack corn and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn and I don't care
Jimmy crack corn and I don't care
The massa's gone away.

The pony run, he bucked and kicked
He threw ol' massa in the ditch
He died and we all wondered why
The verdict was the blue tailed fly.

They buried him under a 'simmon tree
His epitaph is plain to see
"Beneath this sod I'm forced to lie
A victim of the blue-tailed fly"

Hope this helps


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics=Jimmie crack corn
From: Crowhugger
Date: 14 Feb 00 - 10:03 AM

Major Jeff,

That's the one I was raised with, but we always dropped the 'ed' on 'blue-tailed.'

denny denny,

The title is "The Bluetail(ed) Fly" but it looks like everyone knows what you meant, eh?


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics=Jimmie crack corn
From: Amos
Date: 14 Feb 00 - 02:09 PM

Ain't no "gimme" in it! At least in any version I've heard.

A


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Subject: RE: Looking for lyrics=Jimmie crack corn
From: Gary T
Date: 14 Feb 00 - 02:54 PM

Rita, I've always wondered what the heck it meant to "crack corn". Thank you so much for the thorough explanation of those lyrics.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jimmie Crack Corn
From: mayomick
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 01:09 AM

Peggy Seeger used to sing the chorus with a heavy emphasis on the word "don't" rather than "I" .

Interesting take that Rita's mother had on the song . I always had it down more as a song in praise of the blue tailed fly celebrating the master's fall from the horse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jimmie Crack Corn
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 22 Mar 11 - 01:45 AM

No-one over the years seems to have observed that Major White's version of 14 Feb 00 leaves out the verse in which the fly bites the pony, which is what causes the bucking and kicking leading to Massa's death ~ which is surely the central point of the story.

~Michael~


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