Billy McCrea, former Texas slave, sings ‘Blow Corney Blow’

Former Texas slave, Billy McCrea sings Blow Cornie Blow, download the Mp3 file (1.6mb)

Billy says that Blow Cornie Blow was a song the slaves sang just before they went to work on the steamboats.

Blow Cornie Blow

I think I hear a the captain call me–blow cornie blow.
I think I hear the captain calling–blow cornie blow.

A blow cornie blow.
Blow cornie blow.
A blew it cold, loud and mournful.
Blow cornie blow.

I think I hear the captain [unintelligble] –blow cornie blow.
They carried lo-o-o-o-ong onto bend.
Blow cornie blow.
They soon will be to the landing corner.
Blow cornie blow.
De captain hand me down my [salary (?)].
Blow cornie blow.
Oh, blow boy and let them hear you.
Blow cornie blow.

Oh, blow loud and ??? .
Blow cornie blow.
Oh, blow loud just so he can hear you.
Blow cornie blow.
I think I hear the captain call you.
Blow cornie blow.

He also sings “Oh Dooley” – download Mp3 (1.5mb)

Walk dooley. Walk, talk and dooley.
Walk dooley. Walk, talk, dooley.
Walk dooley. Dooley is a–
Walk dooley. Oh, dooley.
Do walk. Dooley. Oh, dooley.
Walk dooley. Walk them and a talking.
Walk dooley. Walk them and a talk.

Do raz. Araz-raz. ??? dooley.
Walk dooley. ??? dooley.
Do raz. Araz-raz, hoe nigga. Hoe man.
Do raz. ???

Walk dooley, hoe down nigga.
Walk dooley, I am a good man.
Walk dooley, I can do ??? .
Walk dooley, walk, talk dooley.
Walk dooley, run along dooley.
Walk dooley, talk long dooley.
Walk dooley, stepping on dooley.
Walk dooley, dooley is a good thing.
Walk dooley, dooley let the hogs out.
Walk dooley, hoe nigga hoe me.
Walk dooley, hoe nigga hoe me.

Do raza I am ???
Do raza I could pull two men.
Do raza I could handle three men.

Walk dooley, I could whoop five men.
Walk dooley, dooley she’s a good gal.
Walk dooley, I could slap her husband.
Walk I slap Julia.
Walk sometime I slap Julia.
Walk sometime I slap her jaw.
Walk Julia is a good gal.
Walk when I slap Julia on the jaw.
Walk then she come to be a good girl.
Walk Julie–

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Source:

Call Number

AFS 3974A
LWO 4872, reel 264

Repository

Library of Congress, Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Washington, D.C. 20540

Digital Id

afc9999001-3974a
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc9999001.3974a

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