Peas in the Pot
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PEAS IN THE POT. AKA and see "Piece in the Pot," "Peas in the Pod." Old-Time, Breakdown. USA, Kentucky. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'B. Davenport knew this ditty, sung to the tune (although he played it as an instrumental):
Peas in the pot, hoecake a-bakin',
Step girls step, the day’s a breakin'.
A similar rhyme appears in Newman Ivey White's American Negro Folk-Songs (1928, p. 304), collected in Durham, N.C., in 1919 from a manuscript of Walter J. Miller, who remarked it was "Heard several years ago":
Peas in the pot, hoecake a bakin',
Sally in the kitchen with her shift-tail a shakin'.
The first line is a 'floater' and turns up in other songs as well. Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter , 1888-1949) sang a song called “Green Corn, Come along Charlie” with the line: “Wake snake, day’s a-breaking/Peas in the pot and the hoe cake’s a-baking.”
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