Tie Pile Song (Duke See the Tie Pile)
DESCRIPTION: "Oh, (Duke) see the tie pile and Duke git mad, Oh, Duke see the money pile and Duke git glad, Oh Daddy, git one." "Oh, tain't no use in foolin' around, Oh, all of them ties got to go to town, Oh Daddy, git one."
EARLIEST DATE: 1944 (Wheeler)
KEYWORDS: work nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
MWheeler, pp. 23-24, "Duke See the Tie Pile" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Wheeler explains that the call, "Oh Daddy, git one" was the call used by rousters to tell the next person in line to pick up his tie. For this reason, I have conjectured that this is not a composition by "Duke" Sims (Wheeler's informant), but a tie-carrying call. I have named it accordingly.
Wheeler's version is more or less a standard blues form, using only four tones of the scale, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are "true" ballad versions in existence. - RBW
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