Jimmy cracks corn?
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares then why does
he continue cracking corn, and why is there a song about it?..yeah
it is kind of a dumb question. but thats i posted it up here.this
site is amazing..you guys are awesome.so i was hoping you could tell
me the asnwer.thanx! bye bye!
Well we have received a few different versions of
the question true answer. So I'm going to post them all and you can
decide which one you believe to be true. *Lauren*
C.H.U.D. shared his experpt
advice with us on this:
Jimmy Cracks Corn? Feed corn (the kind grown to be
fed to farm animals) is different from the corn you would buy at the
grocery store. It's hard and brittle and is usually broken into
smaller pieces (cracked) to make it easier to mix with other feed
grains. The song refers to a boy busy at work cracking corn. The
narrator doesn't care because "the master's gone away", i.e. there's
nobody around to make me help Jimmy crack the damn corn, so to hell
with him and his goodie-two-shoes corn cracking. Why does Jimmy
continue to crack the corn? Presumably to stay on the master's good
side. Why write a song about it? The same reason anybody writes a
song about anything. To convey an emotion, in this case the joy of
getting the day off work while that stupid Jimmy sits there cracking
corn like a brown-noser.
Monty Goolsby corrected us with this:
It's not Jimmy. It's Jenny.
Jenny was a mule. When a mule eats dried corn it makes a cracking
FiveOhhhStang shared his opinion with us:
This song was originally written about a black slave
in America, who’s master gets drunk (the southerners used to ‘crack
corn’ to make ingredients for a potent liquor), falls, and hits his
head. Hence why the slave ‘don’t care’.
Mike wanted to help solve the mystery so he sent
us this piece of info:
the song "jimmy cracks corn" is referring to the
making of moonshine, the song originated at the time of the
prohibition. In the song when it mentions that no-one cares it is
because of the unpopularity or the prohibition. In the south
moonshine was made out of a mixture of yeast, and corn mash. In
order to get the corn mash, you have to go through a process of
"cracking" the corn, that is, grinding it up to an almost flour
consistency, I hope that this will put this question to rest.
TB helped us solve another question:
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