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Subject: Poke Salad Annie
From: MamaTamba
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 05:07 PM

I now have several family members, friends and neighbors scratching their heads about this. Most of us know the tune, some of us know some of the lyrics...none of us know whether the song is "Pork Salad Annie" or "Poke Salad Annie"

If it's "Poke Salad Annie"...what the heck is a "POKE SALAD"?

Also, please, who sings it?...none of us can come up with a name (even though SOME say they can "picture" the guy)

Thanks for any help offered! You guys and gals are awesome.


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: lamarca
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 05:26 PM

MamaTamba, it's "Poke Salad Annie", from the Southern plant pokeweed. There's an herbal site here to give you a picture. The stuff is noxious - birds love the berries, but once it gets into your garden, it's real hard to get rid of.

Web references say the song was written by Tony Joe White, but for the life of me, I can't remember if it was him or a group that made it a hit. I tend to get it mixed up in my head with "Mustang Sally"....

Hope this helps!


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: Alice
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 05:26 PM

pokeweed, or poke, is a plant that can be gathered wild and made into a salad


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From:
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 05:26 PM

* Clarify OR Muddle! *


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: Alice
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 05:29 PM

wow.... three messages posted at once, when I didn't see any responses at all...


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: lamarca
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 05:33 PM

Ain't we fast? Now I need to get a life...

BTW, it was Tony Joe White, the Swamp Fox, who wrote and recorded "Polk (sic) Salad Annie" first (although it was also covered by Elvis)- he's got a couple fan Web sites, the most readable of which is here.

Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: MamaTamba
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 06:38 PM

Thanks a bunch lamarca and Alice.

That was REALLY fast and REALLY good.

This is certainly going to impress all of those who got into this yesterday over T-day dinner. I was trying to describe this great site to everyone.


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: MamaTamba
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 06:40 PM

P.S. Who or what is "BTW"?


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: Alice
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 06:44 PM

by the way = BTW


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: DonMeixner
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 08:00 PM

BTW is By The Way

IMO In My Opinin

ROTFLMAO Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off.

Don


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 08:11 PM

I always thought it was "Poke Sally Annie", and sort of assumed it was a ribald reference to the Salvation Army. Like from some suppressed variation on Guys and Dolls.


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 08:36 PM

Just to add that bit of unneeded fluff.....the "polk" as opposed to "poke" and I don't know that you can accurately reproduce in print the way the word is spoken in the deep south. Somewhere between the two in a way, but there IS the vaguest hint of the "L" aand is quite similar to the way you'd say "Pork" in the region, with the vaguest hint of the "R" instead. Clear as mud huh? In the final analysis....Who cares?

Personally I liked the "Gators got your Grannie....CHOMP,CHOMP" part.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: MamaTamba
Date: 26 Nov 99 - 09:05 PM

Thanks Alice for BTW

Thanks Don for IMO and ROTFLMAO (you must do stuff like cut and paste a whole bunch better than me...that's a real keyboard-full)

McGrath...very interesting 90 degree turn...what the heck are you referring to?

Catspaw...who cares? Obviously me (and connecteds)

Part of the confusion about whether it was "Poke" or "pork" was that some of the connecteds ARE southern...and were voicing the possibility of the word being poke/pork/polk

My sig.other loves the gator/grannie part too. He just bursts out with it at odd times...I think that's what got this whole question started.


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: Martin Ryan
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 08:50 AM

Re mcGraths angle

Salvation Army = Sally Army. Any other comment would be inflationary!

Regards


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Subject: RE: lyric clarify
From: MAG (inactive)
Date: 28 Nov 99 - 08:39 PM

I always thought "pokesalad" was wild greens you gathered in a sack; ie, "poke," as in "Pig in a poke." Also very Southern, though we had wild pokeberries in South Jersey where I grew up.


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Subject: Polk/Poke-Salad Annie
From: Tracey Dragonsfriend
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 02:02 PM

OK, so I'm not sure this is Folk, but it ought to creep into Blues, I think...
Does anyone know the words to this song? I can't find it anywhere here or in the DT, and I can only remember a little bit and the chorus :
...
...
There lived a girl
Made the 'gators look tame

Poke-salad Annie
'Gator got your grannie (Chomp, chomp!)
Ev'rybody said it was a shame
That your momma was a-workin' on the chain gang
It's such a good song to sing to yourself (the only audience I'd consider singing anything to!), and it's annoying not remembering more of it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Polk/Poke-Salad Annie
From: MMario
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 02:14 PM

That would be "Poke Sallet Annie" - but I don't have the lyrics...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Polk/Poke-Salad Annie
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 02:24 PM

I think we came up with definitive lyrics in this thread (click).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: POLK SALAD ANNIE
From: Dee45
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 02:35 PM

POLK SALAD ANNIE
(words & music by Tony Joe White)

Some of you all never been down South too much...
I' gonna tell you a little story, so you'll understand
where I'm talking about
Down there we have a plant that grows out in the woods
and the fields,
and it looks something like a turnip green.
Everybody calls it Polk salad. Now that's Polk salad.
Used to know a girl that lived down there and
she'd go out in the evenings to pick a mess of it...
Carry it home and cook it for supper, 'cause that's about
all they had to eat,
But they did all right.

Down in Louisiana
Where the alligators grow so mean
Lived a girl that I swear to the world
Made the alligators look tame

Polk salad Annie
'Gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame
For the mama was working on the chain-gang
What a mean, vicious woman

Everyday before suppertime
She'd go down by the truck patch
And pick her a mess of Polk salad
And carry it home in a tote sack

Polk salad Annie
'Gators got you granny
Everybody said it was a shame
'Cause the mama was working on the chain-gang
Whoo, how wretched, dispiteful, straight-razor totin' woman,
Lord have mercy.

Sock a little Polk salad to him
Yeah, you know what, yeah, yeah

But daddy was a lazy and a no-count
Claimed he had a bad back
All her brothers were fit for
Was stealing watermelons out of my truck

For once Polk salad Annie
'Gators got your granny
Everybody said it was a shame
For the mama was working on the chain-gang

Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
You sock a little
Hey, hey, hey, yeah, yeah
Chic a bon, chic a bon, chic a bon bon bon bon
Chic a bon, chic a bon, chic a bon bon bon bon
Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
Sock a little Polk salad to him
You know what meets a meal mention
Chinc, chinc, chinc, chin, ling, ling ling


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Polk/Poke-Salad Annie
From: Giac
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 02:36 PM

By the way, it can be Poke Salad or Poke Salet
or Poke Sallet. Salet (sallet) is an archaic word
for salad and many early settlers still used the older
word for it, hence that pronounciation lingers in some
regions.

Another by-the-way: Don't eat the stuff raw, it will
make you sick. It's not really a salad green and should
parboiled at least once.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Polk/Poke-Salad Annie
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 02:52 PM

CLICK HERE FOR POLK/POKE

Now if that sucker works Giac, you'll see we kicked the polkpoke thing around a bit too. Joe doesn't believe in the wacky discussions and gave the main link to lyrics, but Spaw being Spaw...........

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Polk/Poke-Salad Annie
From: Jim the Bart
Date: 06 Jul 00 - 06:47 PM

If you like this song, check out some of TJ White's albums. They are all alright. He's got that swamp thing happenin'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Polk/Poke-Salad Annie
From: Tracey Dragonsfriend
Date: 14 Jul 00 - 09:45 AM

Thank you all! I wonder what the stuff tastes like...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Polk/Poke-Salad Annie
From: Áine
Date: 14 Jul 00 - 06:39 PM

Aaaah - my theme song! (hahahaha). When I was a little girl, I used to eat this stuff out of my mamaw's truck garden in Louisiana. And Tracey, I liked it . . . but then, Spaw will tell you how weird I am . . . ;-) And Giac is absolutely right - do not eat this raw - besides the fact that it tastes like dookey when it's raw, you will get very, very ill. How come I know what it tastes like raw? My cousins and I used to take a little taste now and then so we could skip school. And about the polk/poke thing -- I never knew how it was spelled, but I do know that I grew up pronouncing 'polk' and 'poke' the same way, and I still do.

-- Áine


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Subject: polk salad annie
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 09:05 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: polk salad annie
From: GUEST,jbmiller15@juno.com
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 09:09 AM

Request lyrics from Tony Joe White's Poke Salad Annie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: polk salad annie
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 10:02 AM

I'm relieved. I thought you were talking about a salad made of dead presidents.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: Lyr Add: POLK SALAD ANNIE
From: Sorcha
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 10:29 AM

This it?

POLK SALAD ANNIE
(Tony Joe White)

If some of y'all never been down south too much,
I'm gonna tell you a little about this so that you'll
Understand what I'm talkin' about...
Down there we have a plant that grows out in the woods,
And in the field ... looks somethin' like a turnip green,
And everybody calls it poke salad ... poke salad;
Used to know a girl lived down there and she'd go out
In the evenings and pick her a mess of it, carry it
Home and cook it for supper, cause that's about all they
Had to eat, but they did all right.

Down in Lou'siana, where the alligators grow so mean,
There lived a girl that I swear to the world,
Made the alligators look tame,
Poke Salad Annie, Poke Salad Annie
Everybody said it was a shame, 'cause her
Mama was a-workin' on the chain gang (A mean, vicious woman)

Every day 'fore supper time, she'd go down by the truck patch,
And pick her a mess o' poke salad and carry it home in a tow sack,
Poke Salad Annie, the 'gators got your granny,
Everybody said it was a shame, 'cause her
Mama was a-workin' on the chain gang
(A wretched, spiteful, straight-razor-totin' woman.
Lord have mercy, pick me a mess of it.)

Her daddy was lazy and no count, claimed he had a bad back,
& All her brothers were fit for was stealin' watermelons out of my truck patch,
Poke Salad Annie, the 'gators got your granny,
Everybody said it was a shame, cause her
Mama was a-workin' on the chain gang
(Sock a little poke salad to me.
You know I need me a mess of it.)

from: http://kulichki.rambler.ru/dassin/l/polk_salad_annie.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: polk salad annie
From: catspaw49
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 10:49 AM

Here's a previous thread that talks about this song and gets pretty entertaining too.

CLICK HERE

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: polk salad annie
From: catspaw49
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 10:54 AM

Oops.....copied the wrong one......Try this instead.

CLICK AGAIN

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: polk salad annie
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Jul 02 - 10:24 PM

Looks like we have a little spelling inconsistency here.

AMG lists 39 recordings of "Polk Salad Annie," notably by Tony Joe White (the writer) and Elvis Presley

...and only 2 recordings of "Poke Salad Annie"

However, poke salad is made from pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, and every scholarly botanical web site I can find (such as the ones at the University of Florida and Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine) spells it that way.

(Click here for another nice photo of pokeweed. And, say, it doesn't look much like turnip greens, does it?)

On Google,
"poke salad" -annie gets 742 hits;
"polk salad" -annie gets 414 hits;
"poke weed" gets 830 hits;
"polk weed" gets 29 hits;
pokeweed gets 7,990 hits;
polkweed gets 50 hits.

But I see the poke/polk controversy was already discussed in both of the threads that Spaw linked to.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: polk salad annie
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 24 Jul 02 - 06:52 PM

Why didn't somebody ask me- everyone in Kentucky knows it's poke-sallit. Cook it, drain it, and scramble eggs into it in a hot skillit. GOOD eatin! But only eat the young shoots- when it's older, it pizen!


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Subject: ADD: Polk Salad Annie (Tony Joe White)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Oct 18 - 10:15 PM

It's hard to say anything after a post from Jean Ritchie, but Wikipedia says the type of food highlighted in the song is polk or poke sallet, a cooked greens dish made from pokeweed. The song was written by Tony Joe White, who died yesterday at the age of 75.
I always thought the song was about a salad with pork in it, which shows how little I know.
-Joe-



Here's my transcription of the song, built on the transcription Sorcha posted in 2000:

POLK SALAD ANNIE
(Tony Joe White)

[spoken] If some of y'all never been down south too much, I'm gonna tell you a little about this so that you'll understand what I'm talkin' about...
Down there we have a plant that grows out in the woods, and in the fields ... looks somethin' like a turnip green, and everybody calls it poke salad ... poke — salad;
Used to know a girl lived down there and she'd go out in the evenings and pick her a mess of it, carry it home and cook it for supper, cause that's about all they had to eat, but they did all right. [/spoken]

Down in Lou'siana, where the alligators grow so mean,
There lived a girl that I swear to the world,
Made the alligators look tame,
Poke Salad Annie, Poke Salad Annie
Everybody said it was a shame,
'Cause her Mama was a-workin' on the chain gang
(A mean, vicious woman)

Every day 'fore supper time, she'd go down by the truck patch,
And pick her a mess o' poke salad and carry it home in a tote sack,
Poke Salad Annie, the 'gators got your granny,
(Chong — chong-chong)
Everybody said it was a shame,
'Cause her Mama was a-workin' on a chain gang
(A wretched, spiteful, straight-razor-totin' woman.
Lord have mercy, pick me a mess of it.)

Her daddy was a lazy no-count, claimed he had a bad back,
And all her brothers were fit for was stealin' watermelons out of my truck patch,
Poke Salad Annie, the 'gators got your granny,
Everybody said it was a shame, cause her Mama was a-workin' on a chain gang

(Sock a little poke salad to me.
You know I need me a mess of it.)


Recording by Tony Joe White (1943-2018): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCSsVvlj6YA


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