Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Old South Notes

Indians in parts of the South made an alcoholic drink from palmetto, sometimes called a cabbage tree or cassina yapon.

There were days when virtually everyman from Natchez to the 'blue grass' was a horseman and many still swore by the cross on their sword.

'Evens root' and pea-pods did for coffee on weekdays.

In the very early 1800s Spain was still contesting land that became Alabama.

Do you know anyone who might be able to translate this. It may have been sung as a reel in the mid-1700s, but probably not in the plantation house:
Whack fol'd the dady O!
Whack fol'd the dady O!
Thar's Whiskey in the jug!"

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