Thursday, July 16, 2009

Jump Jim Crow


Come listen all you galls and boys I's jist from Tuckyhoe,
I'm going to sing a little song, my name's Jim Crow,
Weel about and turn about and do jis so,
Eb'ry time I weel about and jump Jim Crow.

Oh I'm a roarer on de fiddle, and down in old Virginny,
They say I play de skyentific like Massa Pagannini.
Weel about and turn about and do jis so,
Eb'ry time I weel about and jump Jim Crow.

I went down to de riber, I didn't mean to stay,
But dere I see so many galls, I couldn't get away.
Weel about and turn about and do jis so,
Eb'ry time I weel about and jump Jim Crow.

I git upon a flat boat, I cotch de uncle Sam,
But I went to see de place where de kill'd Packenham.
Weel about and turn about and do jis so,
Eb'ry time I weel about and jump Jim Crow.

And den I do to Orleans and feel so full of fight,
Dey put me in de Calaboose and keep me dare all night.
Weel about and turn about and do jis so,
Eb'ry time I weel about and jump Jim Crow.
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Lyrics by Thomas "Daddy" Rice, 1828

4 comments:

  1. I hope persons won't find this too offensive, but I think it is interesting digging into the minstrel show aspect of it, because this was the way many persons saw blacks at the time, and it was hard to rise above those stereotypical images. Even Stowe plays into them in the "Vaudevillian" type characters she comes up with like Topsy, who is supposedly beyond redemption until touched by Little Eva.

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  2. The Lhamon book looks pretty interesting as he,

    ... quickly demolishes the myth of Jim Crow's origin by showing that "Jumping Jim Crow," a popular black folkdance, stemmed from African folklore. Indeed, a few blacks in the Georgia Sea Islands as late as the 1970s still "jumped" tales of buzzards and crows, the trickster birds. Daddy Rice, Lhamon claims, evolved his own trickster Jim Crow to give white society "the bird."

    http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/LHAJUM.html

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  3. "I's jist from Tuckyhoe"

    I went to Tuckahoe Jr. High near Richmond Virginia. We NEVER sang this song!

    Does the author go into the meaning of "jump"? Is it just related to dance? What about the slave marriage ritual of "jumping the broom"?

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  4. Michelle Shocked did a variation of Jump Jim Crow with Taj Mahal on Arkansas Traveler,

    http://www.michelleshocked.com/chords_jump_jim.htm

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