A few days ago I linked a video of WV fiddler, John Morris, playing Sugar in the Gourd. Great fiddling…but…what was sugar doing in the gourd? (Jeopardy tune;;;da,da,da da, da da daaaa, etc.) Maybe it’s too easy???/ Or…maybe it’s too tough???
I think sugar is in the gourd for dancers to sprinkle on the dancing board to make it slick. Sometimes the gourd gets kicked around on the dance floor and with each kick, sugar comes out like salt from a shaker. There is also a saying for when someone is doing something very quickly: “He’s knocking sugar in the gourd.”
Well I’m goin’ down the road and I met her on a board,
And the wind from her shoes knocked Sugar in the Gourd;
Sugar in the Gourd and the gourd upon the ground,
Well you wanna get to sugar got to break it all around.
Sugar in the Gourd and you can’t get it out,
When you wanna get to sugar got to break it all about.
We are in the process of drying out from Florence. We sent building supplies down east yesterday with a contractor friend, everyone here is trying to figure out ways to help. We all have family and friends effected.
I’ve played a lot of dances, and I’ve seen a lot of stuff shaken onto the floor. Fine sugar works well enough, but if it gets wet it becomes a sticky mess lol. Actually I’m not the most coordinated dancer, so I feel safer when the floor is clean and powder-free. 🙂