Hop High Ladies

Song composer(s)

Traditional

Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

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Other Recordings

Hop High Ladies & similar titles
Old Timey Songs For Children : New Lost City Ramblers (1959)
Folk Music of the Newport Folk Festival, The, Vol. 2 : Various Artists (New Lost City Ramblers) (1961)
Wait 'Til The Clouds Roll By : Uncle Dave Macon (196?)
Original Bogtrotters : The Bogtrotters (196?)
Ernest Stoneman & His Dixie Mountaineers : Stoneman's Dixie Mountaineers (196?)
Rufus Crisp : Rufus Crisp (1972)
Dulcimer, More Old-Time & Traditional Music : Ralph Lee Smith (1975)
Old Time Fiddle, Patrick County, VA : Old Virginia Fiddlers (1977)
Old Originals, Vol. 1 : Frank Dalton (1978)
Tom Paley, Mike Seeger And John Cohen Sing Songs Of The New Lost City Ramblers : New Lost City Ramblers (1978)
Homecoming & Family Reunion : The Dillards (1979)
America's Greatest Breakdown Fiddle Player : Paul Warren (1979)
Traditional Dance Tunes : Hollow Rock String Band (197?)
It Just Suits Me : David Holt (1981)
Cherokee Rose : Rafe Brady (1981)
Down Yonder - Old Time String Band Music from Georgia : Gordon Tanner (1982)
Going Across The River To Hear My Banjo Ring : Carlie Marion (1988)
Mountain Dulcimer, Galax Style : Phyllis Gaskin (1991)
Good Friends, Good Music : Boys Of The Lough (19??)
The Folk Music Of The Newport Folk Festival 1959-60 : Various Artists (New Lost City Ramblers) (19??)
The Gayest Old Dude In Town : Uncle Dave Macon (19??)

McLeod's Reel or similar title
Irish Folk Dances : James O'Flynn Orchestra (1956)
Caledonia! : The Macpherson Singers & Dancers Of Scotland (1960)
Breeze From Erin : Festy Conlan (1969)
Irish Songs & Dances : Tom Fitzgerald (196?)
Union Grove, The Hub Of The Universe : John Hilt (1970)
Masters Of The Irish Flute : Seamus Tansey & Eddie Corcoran (1970)
Memphis Jellyroll : Stefan Grossman (1974)
Wheels Of The World, Classics Of Irish Traditional Music : Patrick Touhey (1976)
Swarbrick 2 : Dave Swarbrick (1977)
New England Traditional Fiddling : Uncle Joe Shippee (1978)
Joe & The Gabe, Songs & Music Of Galway : Gabe O'Sullivan (1979)
Toss The Feather : Tom Furey (197?)
Fiddlin' Fever : Alice Clemens (197?)
Noonday Feast : Joe Shannon & Johnny McGreevy (1980)
Body, Boots and Britches: Folk Songs of New York State : The Golden Eagle String Band (1982)
Irish Traditional Instrumental Music, Vol. 1, East Coast Of America : Gene Kelly (1987)
Cedar Point String Band : Cedar Point String Band (1993)
Swarbrick/Swarbrick 2 : Dave Swarbrick (1997)
Deep In Tradition : Tommy Hunter (19??)
Folk Music In America, Vol. 4, Dance Music, Reels & Polkas : Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers (19??)
Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers : Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers (19??)

Uncle Joe
Porches Of The Poor : Jean & Lee Schilling (1971)
Tenino Old Time Music Festival 1970-72 : Al Sanderson (197?)
Vintage Wine : Melvin Wine (1993)
Tie Hacker Hoe-Down : Nile Wilson (1995)
Missouri Old Time Fiddling : Lee Stoneking (19??)

Did You Ever See The Devil Uncle Joe
Old Originals, Vol. 2 : John Patterson (1978)
Albert Hash & The Whitetop Mountain Band : Albert Hash & The Whitetop Mountain Band (1979)
Clark Kessinger Memorial Album : Clark Kessinger (197?)
Classic Fiddle Tunes : Fiddlin' Doc Roberts (197?)

Performance History

Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers, Jewish Community Center, San Carlos, 06/11/62

Not performed by the Grateful Dead. Occurs only on pre-Dead tapes featuring future members of the dead.

Notes

This song started life as a Scottish fiddle tune Miss McLeod's Reel and this name, and related names, are sometimes still used. As with many songs that crossed the Atlantic new titles and new variations appeared. The New Lost City Ramblers Songbook has it as Hop High Ladies, The Cake's All Dough, and on LP/CDs it occurs most commonly as Hop High Ladies or variations on this title eg. Hop Light Ladies.

On circulating copies of the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers tape it is usually listed as Uncle Joe but this title occurs less frequently on other sources. A similar title, Did You Ever See The Devil Uncle Joe, also occurs infrequently.

In most versions the basic tune of the reel is retained but the lyrics vary and are sometimes absent. It is essentially a dance tune and the lyrics are secondary to the music.

Here's the full lyrics of the version performed by the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers;

Did you ever go to meeting, Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe,
Did you ever go to meeting, Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe,
Did you ever go to meeting, Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe,
Don't mind the weather so the wind don't blow.

(Chorus)
Hop high ladies the cakes all dough,
Hop high ladies the cakes all dough,
Hop high ladies the cakes all dough,
Don't mind the weather so the wind don't blow.

Will you horse carry double, Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe,
Will you horse carry double, Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe,
Will you horse carry double, Uncle Joe, Uncle Joe,
Don't mind the weather so the wind don't blow.

Chorus...

Prettiest girl that ever I knew,
Was cross-eyed Jane from Kalamazoo,
She was (long and leggy?) and skinny in the legs,
(Walk she was walking?) on all four legs

Chorus...

The chorus/refrain from Hop High Ladies occurs in the related song Jump Jim Crow. Vance Randolph collected a version of this in the Ozarks;

Cornstalk fiddle,
An' shoestring bow,
An' never mind the weather,
So the wind don't blow.

Hop high ladies,
The cake's all dough,
Never mind the weather,
So the wind don't blow.

First on the heel,
An' then on the toe,
Ever' time you turn around,
You Jump Jim Crow.

From the lyrics it could be assumed that Hop High Ladies and Jump Jim Crow are variations on athe same song - but the tunes differ to a greater extent.

Recording of Jump Jim Crow can be found on;

Cold Frosty Morning : Melvin Wine (1979)
Arkansas Traveller : Michelle Shocked (1992)