Five Fingers In the Boll
DESCRIPTION: A recurring line is "Won't get my hundred [pounds] all day." "Way down in the bottom the cotton boll's rotten," "before I get beaten or cheated I'll leave five fingers in the boll," "black man beat me -- white man cheat me"
EARLIEST DATE: 1942 (Parrish)
KEYWORDS: farming work nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Parrish 60, pp. 247-248, "Five Fingers In the Boll" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The current description is based on the Parrish text. Parrish writes that "'fingers' are the compartments [at the bottom of a cotton boll] holding the white fiber. The song has reference to the [cotton] variety that contains five in a boll...." - BS"
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