DESCRIPTION: "Jordan's (Jerdan's) mills a-grinding, Jordan's a-hay; Jordan's mills a-griding, Jordan's a-hay." "Built without nail or hammer." "Runs without water or wind."
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen/Ware/Garrison)
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, p. 68, "Jordan's Mills" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [52 words]: There are no explicit religious references in this, except to Jordan (and even that might be to a town in the south named Jordan, or a miller named Jordan), but the fact that the mills were not built by hand, and don't need water or wind, imply a religious song. I've no idea what it's supposed to mean, though. - RBW
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