Possum Pie

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POSSUM PIE. AKA and see "Carve dat Possum (1)," "Bile Them Cabbage Down." Old-Time, Breakdown. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One Part. The tune is identified by Thede as a Negro 'banjo tune' and the precursor to the fiddle tune "Bile Them Cabbage Down."

Carve that 'possum Hannah,
Carve that possum soon;
For the pan is ready,
And I am the spoon.

Also, from William C. Blades' Negro Poems, Melodies, Plantation Pieces, Camp Meeting Songs etc. (1921, p. 52):

Carve that possum, Hannah
Carve that possum soon,
For the pan am ready
And here am the spoon;

Carve him in de quarters,
Carve him in de thigh,
And carve that possum, Hannah
Foh a possum pie.

Carve that possum, Hannah
Carve the fat and lean,
For that meat am the juiciest
That I have ever seen;

Carve him in de quarters,
Carve him in de thigh,
And carve that possum, Hannah
Foh a possum pie.


Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Thede (The Fiddle Book), 1967; p. 69.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]




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