"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
Old Yellow's Dead Partial text(s) *** A *** 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)
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