Heavy-Hipped Woman (Black Gal II)
DESCRIPTION: "Quit yo' long-time talkin' bout yo' heavy-hipped woman, she done gone, she done gone." "My woman, she keeps on grumblin', Bout a new pair of shoes." Verses about poverty, work, prison, courting, a runaway woman, almost anything else.
EARLIEST DATE: 1934
KEYWORDS: courting work prison railroading hardtimes poverty courting separation loneliness floatingverses
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 13-14, "Heavy-Hipted Woman" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Black Gal (I)" (lyrics)
NOTES: Since this is one of those wonderful Lomax accumulations of unrelated verses (from, e.g. "Take This Hammer"/"Swannanoah Tunnel"), it's hard to tell what the real story of this song is. I hope you can identify its relatives....
For a while I lumped this with "Black Gal (I)"; this follows Roud. But "Black Gal (I)" has a much stronger plot than this, which is mostly a complaint song. I suspect that song may have inspired this, but I would now consider them distinct. - RBW
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