*Hoecakes are made with cornmeal, salt and water. They're called hoecakes because they were actually cooked on the blade of a large hoe, by workers in the fields, over an open fire.


According to Allan Lomax, who collected folk songs in the US, this song became "universally popular among white square dance musicians".

Thanks and Acknowledgements

This rhyme can be found in Negro Folk Rhymes, Wise and Otherwise, with a Study by Thomas W. Talley of Fisk University (1922).

Standard English version by Lisa Yannucci.