VIII
RURAL LABOR

THE songs of Negro workers in the field reveal the same qualities of boastfulness, the same reliance upon "a gal in de white folks' yard," the same desire to move on to another job, -- to "wash my face an' eat my breakfast on another white man's place," -- the same inconsequential utterances, that are characteristic of all the work songs; but the vicious qualities, particularly the preoccupation with "big-legged women," and "brown-skins," "long-haired women," and women who "got bad hair" are conspicuously absent in the songs which comprise this division in my collection.

The song that is timed to the work in hand is not so much needed as in gang labor, though the reaping song (no. 16) is apparently timed to the swing of the cradle. Domestic animals, particularly the mule, play a larger part, and so, naturally, does the weather. There is also an indication that some of the songs are older; four of them1 have distinct ante-bellum touches. The songs smack more strongly of the country and stick more closely to the immediate milieu of the worker; for while the gang worker may have been once a country Negro, it does not happen so often that the rural worker may have been a construction-gang worker.

On the whole, the songs of the rural worker seem to be more decent and more conservative than those of the gang laborer.


SONGS, WITH ANNOTATIONS

The following songs classified with other groups might also be included in the present class: III, 13, 14; IV, 3 F; VI, 8, 23, 34, 43, 48; VII, 74; X, 46, 48, 57, 58, 67; XI, 4, 6-13; XII, 6, 19, 20, 26, 39; XIII, 2, 11-13; XIV, 5C.


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REPORTED from Durham, N. C., 1919, MS. of N. H. Hanchey, as heard about 1915. "Song sung by slaves when they went back to work after a rainy day. It was said to be a sign of dry weather to see a rabbit sitting in the fence corner."

An old song that has recently had its popularity revived by the radio and

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Nos. 1, 3, 17, 22.

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  • Title Page *
  • Foreword v
  • Preface xxi
  • Contents xxv
  • I The Negro Song in General 3
  • II Religious Songs 31
  • III Upstart Crows -- The Reaction From Religion 130
  • IV Social Songs -- Dance and Banjo 148
  • V Social Songs: Narrative Songs and Ballads 185
  • VI Songs About Animals 224
  • VII Work Songs--Gang Laborers 250
  • VIII Rural Labor 281
  • IX General and Miscellaneous Labor 290
  • X Songs About Women 311
  • XI Recent Events 341
  • XII The Seamier Side 356
  • XIII Race-Consciousness 376
  • XIV Blues and Miscellaneous Songs 387
  • APPENDICES 403
  • Bibliography 467
  • INDICES 481
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