DESCRIPTION: Response is "Hunh!" Leader lines include "Carrie Belle," "Don't weep," "Don't you ... Hang your head ... And cry," "Ain't going to hurt nobody," "I never... get drunk... no more," and floaters like "This old hammer... Kill John Henry"
EARLIEST DATE: 1942 (Parrish)
KEYWORDS: floatingverses nonballad shanty
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Parrish 56, pp. 222-224, "Anniebelle" (1 text, 1 tune)
John Davis and the Georgia Sea Island Singers, "Carrie Belle" (on LomaxCD1713)
NOTES [50 words]: Parrish: "Of all the shanties, this... appears to be adaptable to the most varied uses, and to be the most widely distributed... stevedores who loaded lumber on the vessels... 'spikin' steel' on the railroads... chopping wood or swinging the weed cutter. In the mines it is called a 'hammerin' song.'"
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