“Old Yellow's Dead”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Fuson)
Keywords: animal death
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

"Allen says, 'Ma, bring here a pry, I think Old Yellow's a-going to die.' Louis says, 'What'll I eat with bread, For they tell me that Old Yellow is dead.'" The crew sets out to skin the animal; Allen blisters his hands tanning it; they haul the hide away

Supplemental text

Old Yellow's Dead
  Partial text(s)

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From Harvey H. Fuson, Ballads of the Kentucky Highlands, pp. 102-103.
"From singing of P. J. Moses."

Allen says, "Ma, bring here a pry,
I think Old Yellow's a-going to die."

    Refrain
Walk jawbone, oh, jing-a-ling,
Walk jawbone, oh, jing-a-ling.

Louis says, "What'll I eat with bread,
For they tell me that Old Yellow is dead."

(9 additional stanzas)

Notes

I have a strange feeling that this is somehow related to a historical event -- perhaps a political piece. But the references are too local for me even to hazard a guess as to what. It's one of those pieces that makes nonsense out of context.

If it is a political piece, it was probably built around "The Jawbone Song." - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Fuson, pp. 102-103, "Old Yellow's Dead" (1 text)
  2. ST Fus102 (Partial)
  3. Roud #4285
  4. BI, Fus102