"Die in the Pig Pen Fighting" is a song from the book Negro Folk Rymes (Wise and Otherwise) published in 1922. The book (not the song) was written by Thomas Talley (October 9, 1870 – July 14, 1952), a chemistry professor at Fisk University who began collecting rural black folk songs later in his life.
Talley's collection contained 349 secular folksongs and spirituals and was seen at the time as a "masterpiece of the field." It was not only the first compilation of African-American secular folk songs, but also of folk songs of any kind from Tennessee.
I cannot tell you if I am a bit close when it comes to the original melody, because I have not heard a recording dating back to 1920s. I suspect that I'm not.
My version is based sorta, kinda off that of recorded by Tom Sauber, Brad Leftwich, and Alice Gerrard in 2001. They called it, "We'll Die in the Pig Pen Fighting."
Fine job Bro Dean!
Very appropriate song for this day and times,
Yours in BHAM
“Die with a bitin’ jaw!”
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