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That song FLOWER from MOBY, what is it really about?
Bring sally up, bring sally down? what is this song really talking about?
- OdiumLv 4vor 8 JahrenBeste Antwort
It's rooted in an old slave song, "Green Sally Up" that was used to entertain young African-American children. The lyrics were, properly, "Green Sally up, Green Sally down, last one squat gotta tear the ground". It was accompanied by a dance, where "green Sally" referred to the little girls, and they'd have to jump and then squat in rhythm to the song. "last one squat gotta tear the ground", is similar to the "last one there is a rotten egg" sort of insult, implying the last one to squat had to help the adults in the field, although it wasn't a serious threat.
"Old miss Lucy's dead and gone, left me here to weep alone" means the slave owner is dead, and in the original song it's followed by "If you hate it fold your arms, if you love it clap your hands" which meant that, people who clapped along to the rhythmic beat of the song were glad that Old Miss Lucy's dead, and the ones who didn't were showing a measure of respect for her.
Here's a sample from the original
- Anonymvor 5 Jahren
Moby FlowerQuelle(n): https://shorte.im/ba042
- vor 6 Jahren
In slave days, white and black children were not allowed to play together. So from different places but within seeing or hearing one another on the plantations/farms, both groups would sing and play together using Sally as the code name for all to play. Black and White (as they were known) were able to play the same games without physically being in the same yard. Source: music studies over the years in the South.
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- Anonymvor 5 Jahren
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