“Hop High Ladies (Uncle Joe)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, Henry Whitter)
Keywords: nonballad dancing dancetune floatingverses
Found in: US(SE,So)


Floating verses ("Did you ever go to meeting, Uncle Joe?" "Every time you turn around you jump Jim Crow"). Characterized by the refrain "Hop high ladies, (the cake's all dough/Three in a row), Don't mind the weather when the wind don't blow"


Randolph has a report that this song has been heard as far afield as Delhi, India, but seems to be referring to "Jump Jim Crow" (of which his version has just the chorus). - RBW

Cross references



  1. Randolph 252, "Jump Jim Crow" (1 text, 1 tune, a short text with the chorus of "Jump Jim Crow" and other material that might float)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 219-220, "Jump Jim Crow" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 252)
  3. BrownIII 85, "Hop Light, Ladies" (2 fragments)
  4. Hudson 147, pp. 293-294, [no title] (1 text, a square dance sample with a lot of material appropriate to that setting but with a chorus that seems to place it here)
  5. Lomax-FSNA 116, "Uncle Joe" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Cohen/Seeger/Wood, pp. 64-65, "Hop High Ladies, the Cake's All Dough" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Silber-FSWB, p. 33, "Uncle Joe" (1 text)
  9. Roud #6677
  10. BI, R252