Quotes[ edit ] I haven't a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices whatsoever. I'll risk forty dollars that he can outjump any frog in Calaveras county. I don't see no p'ints about that frog that's any better'n any other frog.
If you should go, in summer time, To South Carolinar's sultry clime, An' in de shade you chance to lie, You'll soon find out de blue tail fly. An' scratch 'um wid a briar too.
Dar's many kind ob curious tings, From different sort ob inseck springs; Some hatch in June an' some July, But Augus fotches de blue tail fly.
When I was young I used to wait On massa table and Huckleberry finn and his clothes essay de plate I'd pass de bottle when he dry, Den brush away de blue tail fly. Den arter dinner massa sleeps, He bid dis nigga vigils keeps; An' when he gwine to shut his eye, He tell me watch de blue tail fly.
When he ride in de arternoon, I foller wid a hickory brom; De pony being berry shy, When bitten by de blue tail fly. One day he rode aroun de farm, De flies so numerous did swarm, One chance to bite 'im on de thigh, De debil take de blue tail fly. De pony run he jump anpitch, An' tumbl'd massa in de ditch; He died and de jury wondered why— De verdic was de blue tail fly.
Dey laid him under a 'simmon tree, His epitaph am dere to see 'Beneath this stone I'm forced to lie, All by de means ob de blue tail fly. Ole massa's gone, now let 'im rest, Dey say all tings am for de best; I neber shall forget till de day I die, Ole massa an' dat blue tail fly.
De hornet gets in your eyes and nose, De skeeter bite you troo your clothes; De yalla nipper sweeten high, But wusser yet de blue tail fly. From Children of Destiny When I was young, I useter to wait Behine ole marster, han' he plate, An' pass de bottle when he dry, An' bresh away dat blue-tail fly.
This is possibly the blue-bottle fly  Calliphora vomitoria  or Protophormia terraenovaebut probably the mourning horsefly Tabanus atratusa bloodsucking pest with a blue-black abdomen  found throughout the American South.
A coroner's jury is convened to investigate the master's death, or the singer is criminally charged with that death, but owing to the "blue-tail fly," the slave escapes culpability. The chorus can be mystifying to modern listeners, but its straightforward meaning is that someone is roughly milling "cracking" the old master's corn in preparation for turning it into hominy  or liquor.
In the 19th century, the singer was often considered mournful and despondent at his master's death; in the 20th, celebratory: Throughout the 19th century, the lines referred to "Jim",  "Jim Crack",  or "Jim Crack Corn"  and lacked any conjunction across the line's caesura ; following the rise of highly- syncopated musical genres such as ragtime and jazzanaptyxis converted the name to "Jimmy" or "Jimmie" and the "and" appeared, both putting more stress on their measures' backbeat.
This has obscured some of the possible original meanings: Speaking about himself in the 3rd person or repeating his new masters' commands in apostrophehe has no concern with his demotion to a field hand now that his old master is dead.
Another now-obscured possible meaning derives from jim crack being eye dialect  for gimcrack "worthless"  : The version of the song published in London singularly has the lyrics "Jim Crack com'", which could refer to a poor Southern cracker  presumably an overseer or new owner or a minced oath for Jesus Christ thus referencing indifference at the Judgment Day ; the same version explicitly makes the fly's name a wordplay on the earlier minstrel hit " Long Tail Blue ", about a horse.
A number of racehorses have been named "Jim Crack" or "Blue Tail Fly" and, in at least one earlyth century variant of the song, it's given as the name of the horse that killed the master,  but that is not a common element of the song. Another uncommon variant appeared in the Songs of Ireland published in New York: Pete Seegerfor instance, is said to have maintained that the original lyrics were "gimme cracked corn" and referred to a punishment in which a slave's bacon rations were curtailedleaving him chickenfeed;   the same lines could also just be asking for the whiskey jug to be passed around.
The idea that Jim or Jimmy is "cracking open" a jug of whiskey is similarly unsupported: History[ edit ] The present song is generally credited to Dan Emmett 's Virginia Minstrels whose shows in New York City in the mids helped raise minstrelsy to national attention.
Abraham Lincoln was an admirer of the tune, calling it "that buzzing song". Throughout the 19th century, it was usually accompanied by the harmonica or by humming which mimicked the buzzing of the fly which on at least one occasion was noted disrupting the parliament of VictoriaAustralia.
Lincoln would ask his friend Ward Lamon to sing and play it on his banjo  and likely played along on his harmonica. It then became part of the general Folk Revival through the '50s and early '60s before losing favor to more politically-charged fare, as parodied by Tom Lehrer 's " Folk Song Army ".
A Time article averred that "instead of A rock version, "Beatnik Fly", was recorded by Johnny and the Hurricanes inand released on Warwick Recordscatalog number M Usually under the name "Jimmy Crack Corn", it remains common at campfires and summer camps.
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October Cover versions and musical cameos s: Music to Listen to Records By Sing Along with Mitch Throughout The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain illustrates the bond formed between Huck, the young white protagonist, and Jim, Huck's black companion.
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Petersburg, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi River. Frequently forced to survive on his own wits and always a bit of an outcast, Huck is thoughtful, intelligent (though formally uneducated), and willing to come to his own conclusions about important matters.
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Archives and past articles from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and attheheels.com In these lines, which appear on the first page of the novel, Huck discusses events that have occurred since the end of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the novel in which he made his first appearance.
Here, Huck establishes his opposition to “sivilizing,” which seems natural for a thirteen-year-old boy rebelling against his parents and other authorities.