Note: Though John Davis maintained that any play taking place in a circle is a 'ring play,' Mrs. Jones insisted on calling 'Just From The Kitchen' a 'skip,' I suspect because it requires no center player. In this play, the lead singer, standing as part of the circle of players, calls out the 'real' name of a different child in each verse; and the child whose name is sung then skips across the ring with his arms outstretched – 'flying over yonder.' Other kinds of food may be sung about, too; Mrs. Jones gave some of us handfuls of tomatoes, rabbit, meat skins, potatoes, and chitterlings as her imagination dictated. On one occasion she described this as an 'after-slavery play': 'He's so glad – he's free and got his own bread so he fly away over yonder…He's so glad he got freedom food! --Step It Down
About the session: The tenth of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones.
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