“Diamond Joe (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1927 (recording, Georgia Crackers)
Keywords: love work floatingverses nonballad
Found in: US(SE)

Description

Mostly floating verses with a hint of narrative; singer goes "up on the mountain, give my horn a blow...." "Ain't gonna work in the country, neither on (Parchman?) farm...." Chorus: "Diamond Joe, come-a get me, Diamond Joe"

Long description

Mostly floating verses with a hint of narrative; singer goes "up on the mountain, give my horn a blow/Thought I heard Miss Maybelle say, yonder comes my beau." "Ain't gonna work in the country, neither on (Parchman?) farm/I'm gonna stay till my Maybelle come, she gon' call-a me Tom." Chorus: "Diamond Joe, come-a get me, Diamond Joe"

Notes

This should not be confused with the cowboy complaint song "Diamond Joe (I)," an entirely separate song.

Art Thieme has suggested that the Diamond Joe referred to in this song is a steamboat rather than a person. - PJS

Recordings

References

  1. DT, (DIAMONJ3 -- though this may be at least partly a parody)
  2. Roud #3585
  3. BI, RcDiJoII