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226. The Blue Tail Fly (Traditional American)

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Uploaded on Jul 27, 2007

"The Blue Tail Fly" or "Jimmy Crack Corn", has been around since the 1840s. It was popular as a blackface minstrel song, though it may have originated from the African-American tradition. Though the slave-narrator seems to mourn the death of his master, it has been suggested that he was deliberately negligent in his duty of keeping the dangerous blue-tail fly away from the horse. This is apparently more obvious in other versions of the song.

There are many theories about the meaning of the phrase "Jimmy crack corn", the most likely being that it refers to drinking corn whiskey.

I first heard this sung by Burl Ives. It has also been recorded by Pete Seeger (see the video response) and Big Bill Broonzy.

Lyrics and chords of this song can be found here: http://raymondfolk.wikifoundry.com/pa...

For lyrics and chords of all my songs, please see my website:
http://raymondfolk.wikifoundry.com

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