Don't You Hear That Jaybird Call
DESCRIPTION: "Don't you hear that jaybird call -- Don't you hear them dead sticks fall? He's a throwin' down firewood for we-all, All on a Friday morning."
EARLIEST DATE: 1969 (Raleigh Times, June 20, 1969, according to NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal)
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, Joseph D. Clark, "North Carolina Popular Beliefs and Superstitions," Vol. XVIII, No. 1 (Jan 1970 Special Issue), p. 66, "Don't you hear that jaybird call" (1 text)
NOTES [69 words]: NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal identifies this as a fragment of a folk song, so it's indexed even though there is very little genuine source information.
The same article connects it with a legend that jays were servants of the devil and reported to their master on Fridays. Possibly sticks were connected with this legend. The connection seems reasonable but, without more of the song, I think this beyond proof. - RBW
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