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Hop, Brother Rabbit, In the Pea Vine (#1)6655A1, 8-10-1942, ,

“Brother” is rendered “brer” on AFS card. Followed by brief discussion of learning and playing the song. Ms. Smith announces that she’s from Hillhouse, Mississippi. (Unclear whether she announces her middle name as “Ford” or “Forrest.”)

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Hop, Brother Rabbit, In the Pea Vine (#2)6655A2, 8-10-1942, ,

“Brother” is rendered “brer” on AFS card. Followed by brief discussion of learning and playing the song. Mrs. Davis announces that she’s from Hillhouse, Mississippi. “Brother” is rendered “brer” on AFS card; standard spelling used here as not all the singers of these separate versions pronounce it “brer.”

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Hop, Brother Rabbit, In the Pea Vine (#3)6655A38-10-1942, ,

“Brother” is rendered “brer” on AFS card.

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Hop, Brother Rabbit, In the Pea Vine (#4)6655A4, 8-10-1942,

“Brother” is rendered “brer” on AFS card. Followed by discussion of learning the song in public school in Coahoma, where she is from, and several short blank bands.

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We Go Logy, Logy, Logy6655A5, 8-10-1942,

A variant of the Hokey Pokey. Followed by discussion of learning and playing the song. Miss Hughes was from Jonestown, Miss.

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Here Come Two Gents from Holly Springs (#1)6655B1, 8-10-1942,

Followed by singers’ introductions and discussion of where they learned the song.

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Bob-A-Needle6655B2, 8-10-1942,

Followed by explanation of game and discussion of learning/teaching it.

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Mister Frog Went A Courting6655B3, 8-10-1942Froggie Went A Courting,

Followed by explanation of game and discussion of learning/teaching it.

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We're Marching 'Round the Levee6655B48-10-1942,

Zora Neale Hurston sang a very similar variant, “There Stands A Bluebird,” for Lomax in Haiti in late 1936.

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Down By the Green Apple Tree6655B58-10-1942, ugirlsgame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Who De Cat (Sail, Sail)6655B68-10-1942Who-Li-Can,

See 6657A2 for “Who-Li-Can,” a variant performed by an older generation.

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How Many Miles to Bethlehem? (#2)6655B7, , 8-10-1942,

Following the performance Florence identifies herself as 11 years old and living on the “King and Anderson place”; Mabel Lou is 12; her stated residence is indecipherable.

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Satisfy (#1)6656A1, 8-10-1942, , rembert ugirlsgame-song play-songclapping vocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Satisfy (#2)6656A2, 8-10-1942, ,

Followed by a girl named Louise Hicks introducing herself before singing a version that wasn’t recorded.

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Little Sally Walker6656A3, 8-10-1942,

Queen Esther announces that she’s 13 and from Mr. Boland’s [?] place near Clarksdale. Her last name is indistinct, and could be “Harris” (suggested by Chris Smith and census research) or “Ivey.” She explains how the game is played.

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Uncle John's Rabbit6656A4, 8-10-1942, , rembert ugirlsgame-song play-songclapping vocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Here Come Two Gents from Holly Springs (#2)6656A5, 8-10-1942,

Followed by explanation of the game.

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Here We Go Loop-Ti-Loop6656A6, , 8-10-1942,

Followed by explanation of the game.

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All Hid (#1)6656B18-10-1942, brewergame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
All Hid (#9)6656B10, 8-10-1942,

A mixed group responds. (This group likely is that which appears in the film footage.)

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Little Girls, Little Girls (#1)6656B11, 8-10-1942,

A mixed group responds. (This group likely is that which appears in the film footage. Includes Mrs. E.M. Davis.)

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Little Girls, Little Girls (#2)6656B12, 8-10-1942, ,

A mixed group responds. (This group likely is that which appears in the film footage.)

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Y Girls Are High-Minded6656B138-10-1942,

“Y” as in YWCA. (This group likely is that which appears in the film footage.)

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Shortenin' Bread (#1)6656B148-10-1942,

Bobbie Mae says she’s eight and that she learned the song from her teacher. Lomax asks what her favorite song is; she replies “Shortenin’ Bread?” AFS card misidentifies singer as Bill J. Lewis [sic], confusing Billie J. Levi on 6656B7.

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All Hid (#2)6656B28-10-1942,

Rembert announces that she’s 11 and from King and Anderson Plantation.

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All Hid (#3)6656B38-10-1942,

Queen Esther announces that she’s 13 and from Mr. Boland’s [?] place near Clarksdale. Her last name is indistinct, and could be “Harris” (suggested by Chris Smith and census research) or “Ivey.” She explains how the game is played.

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All Hid (#3)6656B38-10-1942,

Queen Esther announces that she’s 13 and from Mr. Boland’s [?] place near Clarksdale. Her last name is indistinct, and could be “Harris” (suggested by Chris Smith and census research) or “Ivey.” She explains how the game is played.

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All Hid (#4)6656B48-10-1942,

Ora B. announces that she’s 14 and from King and Anderson Plantation.

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All Hid (#4)6656B58-10-1942,

Virginia Lee announces that she’s 13 and from King and Anderson Plantation.

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All Hid (#5)6656B68-10-1942,

Louise announces that she’s 13 and from “Mr. Peacock’s place.”

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All Hid (#6)6656B78-10-1942,

Billie J. announces that she’s 9 and from King and Anderson Plantation.

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All Hid (#7)6656B88-10-1942,

Lee announces that she’s 11 and from Clarksdale.

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All Hid (#8)6656B9, 8-10-1942,

A mixed group responds. (This group likely is that which appears in the film footage. Includes Mrs. E.M. Davis.)

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All Hid (#10)6657A1, 8-11-1942, hughes uwomengame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Sally Go Round the Sunshine6657A10, 8-11-1942, uwomen mcreynoldsgame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Who-Li-Can (Sail, Sail)6657A2, 8-11-1942Who De Cat,

See 6655B6 for “Who De Cat,” a variant performed by younger generation.

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Aunt Dinah's Dead (#1)6657A3, 8-11-1942, hughes rubyharrisgame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Di Dee-O6657A4, 8-11-1942,

Followed by explanation of game, which Ms. Harris recalls learning at the Gregory School near Lyon, Miss.

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Shortenin' Bread (#2)6657A5, 8-11-1942, ,

(Unclear whether she announces her middle name as “Ford” or “Forrest.”)

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Green Gravel6657A68-11-1942, forrestgame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippi
All the Way Round (Seven Times)6657A7, 8-11-1942,

Followed by explanation of the game and her learning it about 25 years earlier at the Gregory School near Lyon, Miss., where the children who played it were between 10 and 16.

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How Many Miles to Bethlehem? (#2)6657A88-11-1942,

Identified as “teacher and group [sic]” on AFS card.

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Lost My Handkerchief Yesterday6657A9, 8-11-1942,

Followed by explanation of the game and appropriate ages for playing it.

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Willie Over the Water6657B1, 8-11-1942,

Ms. Shelby says she lives in Friars Point, and learned this song 25 years earlier. She then explains the game.

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Needle Eye6657B2, 8-11-1942,

Followed by explanation of game, which Ms. Harris recalls learning at the Gregory School near Lyon, Miss.

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Shoo Fly6657B3, 8-11-1942,

Followed by explanation of game, which Ms. Harris has known for 30 years.

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Cool Water6657B48-11-1942, rubyharrisgame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Chicken, My Chicken, My Craney Crow (#1)6657B5, 8-11-1942,

Identified on AFS Card as “Chicken-Ma-Craney-Crow.” Followed by explanation of game.

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Did You Ever See the Monkey Do the Motion6657B6, 8-11-1942,

Followed by discussion of learning the game and some inaudible chatter.

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Chicken, My Chicken, My Craney Crow (#2)6657B7, 8-11-1942,

Identified on AFS Card as “Chicken-Ma-Craney-Crow.” Followed by explanation of game.

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Aunt Dinah's Dead (#2)6657B8, 8-11-1942, , rembert ugirlsgame-song play-songclapping vocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Guessing games6657B98-11-1942, ugirlsgame spokenvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (#1)6663B3, 7-30-1942,

Identified on AFS card as “four girls.”

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I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (#2)6664A17-30-1942,

Identified on AFS card as “four girls,” although this band consists of two women taking turns singing.

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All My Trouble Will Be Over After While6664A27-30-1942

Preceded by discussion of where she learned the song.

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All Power Is In His Hands6664B7-30-1942

Followed by brief discussion of the song, which the singer (26 years old) learned from her sister Annie Mae Morris.

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Good Old Man6665A1, 7-30-1942,

Preceded by announcement of where she learned the game and how it’s played.

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Satisfy (#1)6665A2, 7-30-1942,

Preceded by announcement of where she learned the game (16-17 years earlier at Hill House, Miss.).

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Satisfy (#2)6665A3, 7-30-1942,

Preceded by announcement of where she learned the game (Hill House, Miss., at the Rosewood School).

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Satisfy (#3)6665A47-30-1942, uwomangame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Satisfy (#4)6665A5, 7-30-1942,

Preceded by announcement that Ms. Peterson learned the song at the Rural School in her home of Falcon, Quitman Co., Mississippi.

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Go In and Out the Window6665B1, 7-30-1942, montgomery uwomangame-song play-songvocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Jump for Joy6665B2, 7-30-1942, , emdavis uwomangame-song play-songclapping vocalcoahomamississippiaggie
To Be Sho' (#1)6665B3, , 7-30-1942, ,

Preceded by introduction of her learning the song at “the old Negro school” east of Lyons, Miss. Identified on AFS card as “Tip A Gho” [sic].

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To Be Sho' (#2)6665B4, , 7-30-1942, ,

Identified on AFS card as “Tip A Gho” [sic].

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Old Georgia Rabbit6665B5, 7-30-1942, ,

Preceded by introduction of her learning the song at a school at Alligator, Miss.

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Ain't Gonna Rain No More (#1)6665B6, 7-30-1942, ,

Ms. Teague announces that she learned this song in junior high school in Davenport, Miss.

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Ain't Gonna Rain No More (#1)6666A1, 7-30-1942,

Ms. Harris announces that she learned the song at “the rural school out of Lyon, Miss.”

Band is marred by severe pops.

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Sally Pick A Suzy6666A2, 7-30-1942There Stands A Bluebird (Tra La La),

Ms. Rogers announces that she learned the song at Country School in Richmond, Miss. She was superintendent of the Coahoma County Colored Schools.

Band is marred by severe pops and skips.

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You Got to Take Sick and Die Some of These Days6666A37-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/muddysacred-songguitar vocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You6666B17-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/muddysacred-songguitar vocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Country Blues6666B27-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/muddybluesguitar vocalcoahomamississippiaggie
You Gonna Miss Me When I'm Dead and Gone6667A17-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/muddybluesguitar vocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Levee Camp Blues (#1)6667A27-30-1942, http://Source audio from LWO/berryblues hollervocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Interview about Levee Camp Blues (#1)6667A3, 7-30-1942, lomax berryblues hollervocalcoahomamississippiaggie
Levee Camp Blues (#2)6667B17-30-1942,

Followed by Lomax interview about Forrest Jones’ levee camp in Arkansas.

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32-206667B2, 7-30-1942,

“Johnny”‘s is otherwise unidentified.

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Rock Me, Shake Me6668A18-11-1942Swing Out on the Golden Gate,

Casey gives his age as 26, and recalling where and from whom he learned the song from (a quartet teacher named Joe Fass in Lula.) Lomax stops tape abruptly upon learning that the song was from a book. Primary title is that on AFS card.

Corrected to -0.80 / 95.45%

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