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Jump Jim Crow

Posted by TuneWeaver on Friday, December 25, 2015

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Field and Stream was my favorite magazine when I was 16. My dad let me have $3 for a one year subscription.. One particular article in the magazine was about Crow Hunting...The author of the article referred to crows as Old Jim and went on to say that all crows were named Jim.. I had no idea that 'jim crow' had its origin in a racial tune created back in 1838..The original tune was called Jump Jim Crow, (I think).. The Jim Crow Laws got the name from the tune.. 
Now, when I was 16 years old  I would look out of our front door window and watch for the school bus. While watching, I would often see crows flying over the nearby Turkey Creek and I counted them every morning. Seven was about the largest number that I remember seeing..I'd think of each as "JIM".. To this day when I see a crow I call it Jim. Also, to this day I get really excited to see the THOUSANDS of crows flying in to roost around Bloomington. 
The fiddle tune Jump Jim Crow is such a good Old Time Fiddle tune that it is one of the few great fiddle tunes that has not had its name changed to be politically correct..When I play the tune, (and we play it often around Bloomington), I always think of Both the crows I counted as a kid and the origin of the name Jim Crow.

2 comments on “Jump Jim Crow”

bsed55 Says:
Saturday, December 26, 2015 @12:15:13 PM

It's often good to connect the music with the history when the opportunity presents itself. In 1992 Michelle Shocked released her album Arkansas Traveler, which included a song I think she wrote called Jump Jim Crow. I couldn't find a you tube of her doing the song, but here is a version of it < youtube.com/watch?v=xrL2wmjKdE...&index=84 >

TuneWeaver Says:
Saturday, December 26, 2015 @12:47:33 PM

When I researched the tune I came up with a lot of lyrics.. Lets be sure to play the tune next time we get together...

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