:: Title :: Elephant Fair
:: Genre :: clapping song, game song
:: 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 :: T982.0, Track 2 (00:00:40)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - 13 of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - "The first two lines of the verse are known all over the South; the rest is a combination of many traditional rhymes and songs. The content is rough and emotionally very satisfying, I suspect. Mrs. Jones started to laugh one day after she said the line, 'Now you Alabama sucker, take your hands off me,' and remarked, 'You know, we couldn't use words like that. We liked it!'" --Step It Down Accelerates. [Source: Step It Down book]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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