Wake Up, Jacob

DESCRIPTION: "Wake up, Jacob, day's a-breakin', Peas in the pot and hoe-cake's caking'. Bacon's in the pan and coffee's in the pot, Come on round and get it while it's hot. (Spoken:) Wake, snakes, and bite a biscuit!"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen/Ware/Garrison-SlaveSongsUnitedStates)
KEYWORDS: cowboy food nonballad
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Allen/Ware/Garrison-SlaveSongsUnitedStates, p. 65, "Wake Up, Jacob" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 184, "Wake Up, Jacob" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-AmericanBalladsAndFolkSongs, p. 375, "Cowboys' Gettin'-Up Holler" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore5, p. 547, "Peas in the Pot, Hoe Cake A-Bakin'" (1 short text, 1 tune)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 109, "Wake Up, Jacob/Cowboy's Gettin' Up Holler" (1 text)

Roud #6694
Harry Jackson, "Morning Grub Holler" (on HJackson1, CowFolkCD1)
Pete Seeger, "Wake Up, Jacob" (on PeteSeeger07, PeteSeeger07a)

cf. "Shanty Boy's Reveille" (theme)
NOTES [46 words]: I don't know if this is an allusion to Genesis 32:26, where Javob wrestles with a strange being, and the being ends the fight by saying, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." Obviously the words are similar, but Jacob of course got no sleep that night; he spent it wrestling! - RBW
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