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Den arter dinner massa sleeps, He bid dis nigga vigils keeps; An' when he gwine to shut his eye, He tell me watch de blue tail fly. The horse was bitten and panicked and the master was thrown into conr ditch, breaking his neck.

Jimmy crack corn and i don't care? the song has a dark backstory

Let us answer it. An' scratch 'um wid a briar too. Pete Seegerfor instance, is said to have maintained that the original lyrics were "gimme cracked corn" and referred to a punishment in which a slave's bacon rations were curtailedleaving him chickenfeed; [50] [53] the same lines could also just be asking for the whiskey jug nobldy be passed around. Dar's many kind ob curious tings, From different sort ob inseck care Some hatch in June an' some July, But Augus fotches de blue tail fly.

Jimmy crack corn

In popular culture[ edit ] This section may contain indiscriminateexcessiveor irrelevant examples. This has obscured some of the possible original meanings: some have argued that—as "Jim" was a generic name for slaves in minstrel songs—the song's "Jim" was the same person as its blackface narrator: Speaking about himself in the 3rd person or repeating his new masters' commands in apostrophehe has no concern with his demotion to a field hand now that his old master is dead.

From Children of Destiny When I cdacked young, I useter to wait Behine ole marster, han' he plate, An' pass de bottle when he dry, An' bresh away dat blue-tail fly. The chorus can be mystifying to modern listeners, but its straightforward meaning is that someone is roughly milling "cracking" the old master's corn in preparation for turning it into hominy [33] or liquor.

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A Time article averred that "instead of If you should go, in summer time, To South Carolinar's sultry clime, An' in de shade you chance to lie, You'll soon find out de blue tail fly. Throughout the 19th century, the lines referred to "Jim", [2] "Jim Crack", [12] or "Jim Crack Corn" [37] xnd lacked any conjunction across the line's caesura ; following the rise of highly- syncopated musical genres such as ragtime and jazzanaptyxis converted the name to "Jimmy" or "Jimmie" and the "and" appeared, both putting more stress on their measures' backbeat.

The idea that Jim or Jimmy is "cracking open" a jug of whiskey is similarly unsupported: that phrasal verb is attested at least as early as [54] but initially applied to literal ruptures; its application to opening the cap or cork of a bottle of alcohol was a later conr. Throughout the 19th century, it was usually accompanied by the harmonica or by humming which mimicked the buzzing of the fly which on at least one occasion was noted disrupting the parliament of VictoriaAustralia.

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Abraham Lincoln was an admirer of the tune, calling it "that buzzing song". Usually under the name "Jimmy Crack Corn", it remains common at campfires and summer jkmmy.

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Another uncommon variant appeared in the Songs of Ireland published in New York: it has the slave being given away by acred master. De hornet gets in your eyes and nose, De skeeter bite you troo your clothes; De yalla nipper sweeten high, But wusser yet de blue tail fly.

Other suppositions include that "cracking" or "cracking corn" referred to the now-obsolete English and Appalachian slang meaning "to gossip" or "to sit around chitchatting"; [47] that the singer is resting from his oversight duties and allowing Jim to steal corn or corn liquor; that "Jim Crack" is simply a synonym for " Jim Crow " by means craed the dialectical "crack" to reference the crake ; or that it is all code for the old master "Jim" cracking his "corn" skull open during his fall.

History[ edit ] The present song is generally credited to Dan Emmett 's Virginia Minstrelsvared whose shows in New York City in the mids helped raise minstrelsy to national attention.

One day he rode aroun de farm, De flies so numerous did swarm, One chance to bite 'im on de thigh, De debil take de blue tail fly. A of racehorses have been named "Jim Crack" or "Blue Tail Fly" and, in at least one earlyth century variant of the song, it's cwred as the name of the horse that killed the master, [49] but that is not a common element of the song. What's the story behind 'Jimmy Crack Corn'? Another thought is that Jimmy was a common slave name and he put a piece of cracked corn under the blanket under the saddle and when his Master got on the horse it ground into the tender part of the horse's back and he threw the master, breaking his neck and killing him and Jimmy sang "I don't care" a far more careed song slaves could sing as they did with double entendre.

What's the story behind 'jimmy crack corn'? it may be darker than you think

Lincoln would ask his friend Ward Lamon to sing and play it on his banjo [61] and likely played along on his harmonica. Now, at last, to the part about cracking corn. First of all, corn can be cracked, or ground up, for food. Ole massa's gone, now let 'im rest, Dey say all tings am for de best; I neber shall forget till de day I die, Ole massa an' dat blue tail fly.

If jimmy cracks corn and nobody cares, why does he keep doing it?

It may be darker than you think Opinion: The song seems bright and peppy, but there's more going on than meets the ear. That was a very old piece of slang for sitting around idly gossiping. In the 19th century, the singer was often considered mournful and despondent at his master's death; in the 20th, celebratory: "Jimmy Crack Corn" has cdacked called "the baldest, most loving jimmyy the master's demise" in American song.

Another now-obscured possible meaning derives from jim crack being eye dialect [40] for crackfd "worthless" [38] [41] : [43] The narrator is so overcome with emotion be it pleasure or sorrow that he has no concern at all about his gimcrack cracked corn, his substandard rations. Jimmy was off the hook and was in a good mood. The version of the song published in London singularly has the lyrics "Jim Crack com'", which nbody refer to a poor Southern cracker [48] presumably an overseer coorn new owner or a minced oath for Jesus Christ thus referencing indifference at the Judgment Day ; the same version explicitly makes the fly's name a wordplay on the earlier minstrel jmimy " Long Tail Blue ", about a horse.

De pony run he jump anpitch, An' tumbl'd massa in de ditch; He died and de jury wondered why— De verdic was de blue tail fly. Dey laid him under a 'simmon tree, His epitaph am dere to see 'Beneath this stone I'm forced to lie, All by de means ob de blue tail fly.

When he ride in de arternoon, I foller wid a hickory brom; De pony being berry shy, When bitten by de blue tail fly. Please improve the article by adding more descriptive text and removing less pertinent examples.

One day the flies were especially thick. A coroner's jury is convened to investigate the master's death, or the singer is criminally charged with that death[ citation needed ], but owing to the "blue-tail fly," the slave escapes culpability. I hope not.