“Hop High Ladies (Uncle Joe)”

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

Description

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"

Notes

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

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Recordings

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)
  8. DT, HOPUPLAD*
  9. Roud #6677
  10. BI, R252