“Old Aunt Dinah”


"Old Aunt Dinah, ho pee, ho pee, Old Aunt Dinah, ho pee ho! Gwine away to leave yer..." "Old Aunt Dinah -- sick in bed, Eegisty -- ogisty! Send for the doctor... said, 'Git up Dinah... You ain't sick... All you need... is a hickory stick."


There is no particular reason to associate the Brown and Scarborough fragments, since they describe different events and have different nonsense refrains. But both are about Aunt Dinah, both are fragments, both have nonsense refrains, and both seem unique; reason enough to file them together, I think. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 487, "Old Aunt Dinah" (1 fragment)
  2. Scarborough-NegroFS, pp. 187-188, "Ole Aunt Dinah" (1 fragment, plus a second which inserts Aunt Dinah into an "Old Dan Tucker" stanza)
  3. Roud #11803
  4. BI, Br3487


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1921 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)