Music: The Blue-Tail Fly

According to Carl Sandburg, it was one of Abe Lincoln's favorite songs. Nobody knows who wrote it, but its words got into print in 1848, in the Ethiopian Glee Book. About five years ago tubby troubadour Burl Ives first heard The Blue-Tail Fly:

When I was young I used to wait On master and give him his plate, And pass the bottle when he got dry, And brush away the blue-tail fly.

(CHORUS)

Jimmy crack corn and I don't care, Jimmy crack corn and I don't care, Jimmy crack corn and I don't care, My master's...

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