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GUEST,Pete Peterson Lyr origin: Rock the Cradle Lucy (27) RE: Lyr origin: Rock the Cradle Lucy 24 Nov 06


"Rock the Cradle Lucy" as played the the Cofer Bros (source for the Orpheus Supertones recording) and the Skillet Lickers is, to me, a different song/ tune from "Rock the Cradle Joe." And of course, the verse sung by both of the above:
"Rock the cradle Lucy, rock the cradle high
Rock the cradle Lucy, don't let the baby cry"
    is a common "floater" verse in Soldier's Joy.
Meade (Country Music Sources) lists several recordings of "Lucy" including the above.
In contrast, "Rock the Cradle Joe" does NOT appear in Meade's collection-- yet was a common Round Peak tune (I learned it directly from Ray Alden, who learned it from Tommy Jarrell and Fred Cockerham) and according to Donleavy's book of interviews with Appalachian musicians, is "over a hundred years old."

   Singing:
"Gotta get up, gotta get up, gotta go to work in the morning
But every time the baby cries it's Rock the cradle, Joe"

to the "A" part

and "Rock the cradle Lucy. . ." to the "B" part

are common at jams in the Phila. area.

The verse (to the "B" part) of
"I'll go down to Macdonalds, I'll stand there in the line
I'll buy a billion hamburgers and watch them change the sign"

is obviously contemporary; first heard it sung by Martha Burns around 1980.

Pete Peterson

I never knew about the "Miss Lucy Long" connection.


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