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Jim Crack Corn Big old owl with eyes so bright, On many a dark and starry night. I've often heard my true love say, Sing all night and sleep all day. CHORUS: Jim crack corn, I don't care; Jim crack corn, I don't care, Jim crack corn, I don't care Old Master's gone away Said the blackbird to the crow, Down to the cornfield let us go; Pulling up corn has been our trade, Ever since Adam and Eve was made. Said the sheldrake to the crane: When do you think we'll have some rain? The farm's so muddy and the brook so dry, If it wasn't for tadpoles, we'd all die. When I was a boy I used to wait On Master's table and pass the plate, Hand round the bottle when he got dry, And brush away the blue-tailed fly. Ruth Crawford Seeger in her book, "American Folk songs for Children" included this version that has more emphasis on animals and less on a story line. A recording of this version by Mike & Peggy Seeger is found on their collection of songs from the book. In the book RC Seeger notes that she learned it from a phonograph recording of an old man who said on the recording that he learned it from an aged banjo picker when he (the old man) was a small boy.RR RR OCT98
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