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CARVE DAT POSSUM Old-Time, Song. ARTIST: African-American collector Thomas Talley, in his book Negro Folk Rhymes (reprinted in 1991, edited by Charles Wolfe), gave the title as "An Opossum Hunt". CATEGORY: Fiddle and Instrumental Tunes. DATE: Minstrel piece from late 1800’s. RECORDING INFO: Macon, Uncle Dave. Go 'Long Mule, County 545, LP (1981), cut# 5 . Macon, Uncle Dave; & the/his Fruit Jar Drinkers. Going Down The Valley; Vocal & Instrumental Music from the South, New1 World1 NW 236, LP (1977), cut# 9. OTHER NAMES: - Possum Meat; Carve That Possum Lucas, "'Possum Pie" SOURCES: Thede’s Fiddle Book, Oak, Bk (1967), p 69 (Possum Pie) Randolph 276, "The Possum Song" (3 texts, 2 tunes). NOTES: Similar melody to Boil 'Em Cabbage Down. . Charles Wolfe (1991) identifies this as a piece written and performed by black minstrel Sam Lucas about 1870, that appears in a few collections of minstrel songs. Possum meat is good an' sweet Carve him to de heart, I always finds it good to eat, Carve him to de heart. Chorus: Carve dat possum! Carve dat possum! Carve dat possum! Oh charve 'im to de heart! My dog tree, I went to see Carve him to de heart, A great big possum up dat tree Carve him to de heart, I retch up an' pull him in, Carve him to de heart, Dat ol' possum 'gin to grin, Carve him to de heart, I tuck him home an' dressed him off Carve him to de heart, Dat night I laind him in de' fros', Carve him to de heart, De way I cooked dat possum sound, Carve him to de heart, I fust parboiled, den baked him brown Carve him to de heart, I put sweet taters in de pan, Carve him to de heart, 'Twas de bigges' eatin' in de lan' Carve him to de heart.

    


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