:: Title :: Shortnin' Bread
:: Genre :: dance tune, interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones VII 10/61
:: Date :: 10/12/1961
:: Reference Information :: T979.0, Track 9 (00:01:56)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - 13 of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Any form of dance may be used, but the footwork is important. One form would be to step out on the heel on 'shortnin', shortnin', then step on the whole foot. The toe is pointed at the beginning of each verse. It can be done in a circle or square by four dancers, by two dancers side by side, or in lines. [Source: Transcription Notes]
0 - An alternate last line is "Somebody peed in Mama's bed." Mrs. Jones advises "You don't say that, though." [Source: Transcription Notes]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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