Ginger Blue

DESCRIPTION: Walky, talky, Ginger Blue, White man run, but the nigger he flew." "Wakin' talkin' Jinger Blue, I can tell you might true, I'm just from the Tennessee mountains. Take a drink of beer as sweet as water That flows from the Tennessee fountains."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (Randolph), but apparently in existence in the nineteenth century
KEYWORDS: nonballad
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Randolph 298, "Ginger Blue" (1 fragmentary text)
BrownIII 496, "Jinger Blue" (1 fragmentary text)
BrownSchinhanV 496, "Jinger Blue" (1 tune plus a text excerpt)

Roud #11762
RECORDINGS:
Charlie Oaks, "Ginger Blue" (Vocalion 15344, 1926)
Arthur Tanner, "Dr. Ginger Blue" (Columbia 15479-D, 1929)

SAME TUNE:
Sherman's March ("Now, listen to my song," by Michael Fee) (WolfAmericanSongSheets p. 141)
NOTES: The notes in Brown suggest that his text (the "Jinger Blue" version) might be derived from "Walkin' in the Parlor" as well as the nineteenth century pop song "Ginger Blue." Possible -- but with only a fragment, it's beyond proof. - RBW
Last updated in version 4.1
File: R298

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