Sally in the Garden

DESCRIPTION: Dance tune with chorus "Sally in the garden sifting sand/Sally upstairs with a hog-eyed man"; floating verses: "Chicken in the bread pan kicking up dough"; "Sally will your dog bite, no sir, no/Daddy cut his biter off a long time ago"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (Cecil Sharp collection)
KEYWORDS: sex dancing nonballad animal floatingverses
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 67, "Hog-eye" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownIII 232, "Sal's in the Garden Sifting Sand" (1 fragment)
SharpAp 250, "The Hog-eyed Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 254-255, "Hogeye" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: James P. Leary, Compiler and Annotator, _Wisconsin Folklore_ University of Wisconsin Press, 2009, article "Kentucky Folksong in Northern Wisconsin" by Asher E. Treat, pp. 247, "Sally in the Garden (1 short text, 1 tune, sung by Mrs. M. G. Jabobs)

Roud #331
Theophilus Hoskins, "Hog Eyed Man" (AFS, 1937; on KMM)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Hogeye" (on NLCR03)
Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers, "Hog Eye" (Victor 21295, 1928)

cf. "Roll the Boat Ashore (Hog-eye I)" (many floating verses)
cf. "The Hog-Eye Man" (words)
cf. "Granny Will Your Dog Bite?" (words, part of tune)
NOTES [162 words]: This is part of a cluster that includes the bawdy song "The Hog-Eye Man," another Arkansas dance tune "Hogeye" ("Row the boat ashore with a hogeye, hogeye/Row the boat ashore with a hogeye man"), "Granny Will Your Dog Bite" and others. I've used the "Sally in the Garden" title to differentiate the dance tune from the bawdy song, even though they're clearly siblings. - PJS
Paul in fact has strongly suggested merging "Sally in the Garden" and "Roll the Boat Ashore (Hog-eye I)." Roud appears to lump the two. There are verses floating freely between both, which means that fragments often cannot be identified with one or the other. Nonetheless, they appear to me to be different though related songs; the choruses are different, and if all the lyrics float, that is decisive.
Still, one should check the cross-references to be sure to find all the versions.
The mention of a tune from Arkansas is interesting, because Treat notes a town in Arkansas called "Hogeye." - RBW
Last updated in version 2.7
File: CSW067

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.