:: Title :: Give Me The Gourd (Reg'lar, Reg'lar, Rollin' Under)
:: Genre :: game song, slavery song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Wood, Hally [vocal]
:: Setting :: Probably at Hally Wood's home at or near the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
:: Location :: Rio Piedras (San Juan), Puerto Rico (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., Anglo-American, Texas
:: Session :: Rio Piedras 5/60
:: Date :: 5/23/1960
:: Reference Information :: T943.0, Track 19 (00:01:15)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Reglar, reglar rolling under, Gimme the gourd to drink water Reglar, reglar rolling under, Gimme the gourd to drink water. I don't want no gopher snow water, Gimme the gourd to drink water I don't want no gopher snow water, Gimme the gourd to drink water. According to Bessie Jones "during slavery, white people on the plantation drank out of glass dippers, and they forbade their slaves to drink out of those dippers. The slaves made dippers out of gourds and the water in the gourd dipper was cooler than the water in the glass dipper. 'Gopher snow water' is another way of saying white people's water. 'Reglar reglar rolling under' is a response to a greeting inquiring how you are doing. Someone would come in the house and you'd asked them how they were doing, and they would say, 'Ah -reglar rolling under,' meaning . . . I am being rolled under by the wheel of life. And in this phrase you get the feeling of trouble or challenge of one's daily life just turning you under, and in that turning, in spite of it all, you are still moving." --Ycu Don't Go, Don't Hinder Me: The African American Sacred Song Tradition by Bernice Johnson Reagon ( University of Nebraska Press, 2001).
:: Collection :: Hally Wood 1960

 

 

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