Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy

DESCRIPTION: Floating verses, often praising Cindy: "Went up on the mountain top, give my horn a blow...; "Higher up the mountain top, greener grow the cherries..." Chorus: "Whoop 'em up, Cindy, Lord/I love Cindy, Lord/Whoop 'em up, Cindy, Lord, Lord/Gone forevermore"
AUTHOR: Uncle Dave Macon
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (recording, Uncle Dave Macon)
KEYWORDS: courting love nonballad floatingverses
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Fuson, p. 159, "I Give My Horn a Blow" (eleventh of 12 single-stanza jigs) (1 text, perhaps from this though it's just a floating verse)
Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 196, "Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, pp. 255-256, "Whoop 'Em Up Cindy" (1 text)

Warren Caplinger's Cumberland Mountain Entertainers, "Saro" (Brunswick 241, c. 1928)
Uncle Dave Macon, "Whoop 'Em Up, Cindy" (Vocalion 15323, 1926); Uncle Dave Macon & the Fruit Jar Drinkers, "Whoop 'Em Up Cindy" (Vocalion 5009, 1926)
Kirk & Sam McGee, "Whoop 'Em Up Cindy" (on McGeeSmith1)
New Lost City Ramblers, "Whoop 'em Up, Cindy" (on NLCR02)

cf. "Cindy (I)"
Saro (not to be confused with "Pretty Saro")
NOTES [32 words]: This song has less in common with "Cindy (I)" than one might imagine; few if any verses show up in both. But with floating-verses songs like this, you always need to look at the whole family. - PJS
File: CSW196

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