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GUEST,azizi Juberju/Juber ju/Ju bi ju (52* d) RE: Juberju/Juber ju/Ju bi ju 29 Sep 11

Here are corrections for my first and second sentences of my earlier post:

"Jubal Jew" was the name of an African American dance step from the early 1920s or earlier. That dance step was mentioned in the version of "Juba" that was collected by Thomas W. Talley.


With regard to "Walk chalk, Ginger Blue", we exchanged comments about this nore than five years ago, Charlie.

Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Sail on, Chalk Ginger Blue!
From: Azizi
Date: 25 Mar 06 - 12:23 PM


I shared my interpretation of this verse of the song "Gooseberry Wine" as found in African American educator & collector Thomas W. Talley's book "Negro Folk Rhymes" {Kennikat Press, p. 41, originally published 1922, Macmillan Press}.

Oh walk chalk Ginger Blue!
Git over double trouble.
You needn' min' de wedder
So's de win' don't blow you

IMO, "Ginger Blue" is a referent for a particular type of Black skin coloring that is "ginger", meaning reddish tinged. I have seen other references to Ginger Blue elsewhere in my reading on African American history & culture.

"Walk a chalk line" comes from the dance later known as the "cakewalk" but here-in my opinion- means to walk through life with caution {given the dangerous, difficult circumstances one faces}...


Best wishes,

Azizi Powell

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