Stow'n' Sugar in de Hull Below
DESCRIPTION: "I wish I was in Mobile Bay, Rollin' cotton by the day, Stow'n' sugar in de hull below, Below, belo-ow, Stow'n' sugar in de hull below." A steamboat chant, mentioning the Natchez and depicting the engineer and captain.
EARLIEST DATE: 1924
KEYWORDS: river nonballad work floatingverses ship
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Botkin-MRFolklr, p. 592, [no title] (1 text)
cf. "Belle-a-Lee" (floating lyrics)
cf. "Hieland Laddie" (floating lyrics)
NOTES: This uses lyrics from "Hieland Laddie," which is far better known, but the form appears different enough that I separate them. - RBW
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