Hog-Eye Man (I), The
DESCRIPTION: The Hog-Eye Man [read: "The Vagina-hungry Man"] meets Sally or Jenny or Molly who is lying in the grass or the sand and who does good service with him.
EARLIEST DATE: 1922
KEYWORDS: bawdy shanty sex
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (10 citations):
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 401-404, "The Hog-Eye Man" (8 texts, 1 tune)
Colcord, p. 104, "The Hog-Eye Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Harlow, pp. 54-55, "The Hog-Eye Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hugill, pp. 269-272, "The Hog-Eye Man" (3 texts & several fragments, 3 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 199-200]
Sharp-EFC, V, p. 6, "The Hog-Eyed Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sandburg, pp. 410-411, "The Hog-Eye Man" (1 fragment, 1 tune, evidently bowdlerized)
Terry-Shanty1, "The Hog's-eye Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Browne 123, "As I Went Down to Mas' Cornfliel'" (2 fragments, 1 tune, too short to really identify and filed here mostly because one of the informants through it unsuitable for public performance)
ADDITIONAL: Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). "The Ox-eyed Man" is in Part 4, 8/4/1917.
cf. "Sally in the Garden" (the "clean" version of this piece)
The Ox-Eye Man
The Hogs-Eye Man
The Hawks Eye Man
Oh, Who's Been Here?
NOTES [132 words]: Ed Cray explains "hog-eye man" as one deeply interested in sex. Sandburg explains a "hog-eye" as the barges that traveled from the Atlantic ports around Cape Horn to San Francisco. A "hog-eye man" would therefore be a crewmember of such a barge.
Give the length of the voyage around the Horn in the 1850s, the two definitions may not be mutually exclusive.
This overlaps very much with "Sally in the Garden" -- so much so that Roud lumps them, and it is often hard to tell which song a fragment goes with; better to check both. - RBW
"Oh, Who's Been Here?" is quoted by Hugill, from a shanty which Cecil Sharp gave in the Journal of the Folk Song Society. Hugill only quotes one line, which has the same melody and very similar words as "Hog-Eye Man" though not the usual "Hog-eye" chorus. - SL
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