DESCRIPTION: "Jumpin Judy, Jumpin Judy (x3) Was a mighty fine gal (or: All over this world)" The singer describes prison life, and the hope for escape. He hopes the guards will stop abusing him.
EARLIEST DATE: 1933
KEYWORDS: prison hardtimes
FOUND IN: US(Ap,So)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Lomax/Lomax-AmericanBalladsAndFolkSongs, pp. 82-84, "Jumpin' Judy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry, pp. 392-394, "Drive It On" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FolkSongsOfNorthAmerica 289, "Jumpin' Judy" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "The Midnight Special"
cf. "Take This Hammer"
NOTES [52 words]: The version of this song in Folk Songs of North America looks like a version of "The Midnight Special"; that in American Ballads and Folk Songs rather resembles "Take This Hammer." Lead Belly sang a version which seems unrelated to either. I leave it to the reader to draw conclusions about the Lomax texts. - RBW
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