Hey Nevuh, Looka Dey
DESCRIPTION: "Hey neevuh look-a dey." "Dey da clean." "Dey da clean look-a dey."
EARLIEST DATE: 2014 (USSeaIsland03)
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Rosa and Joseph Murray, "Hey Nevuh, Looka Dey" (on USSeaIsland03)
NOTES [89 words]: I have no idea what this song is about. The phrases are repeated many times. The cross-rhythmic clapping is typical of Gullah "shout" hymns (William T. Dargan, Lining Out the Word (Chicago: Center for Black Music Research, 2006), pp. 58, 130, 206). On the other hand cross-rhythmic clapping accompanies some Gullah children's games ("John's Island South Carolina: Its People & Songs," Folkways FS CD 3840 (1973, recorded 1970)).
Allen/Ware/Garrison-SlaveSongsUnitedStates p. xxvi has one clue: "day-clean is used for day break." - BS
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