Talk About Your Greenbacks
Also from Steamboatin' Days, this song came to us from Sandy Paton at Folk-Legacy Records, and we enjoy singing it with him. Mary Wheeler transcribed the refrain as "Who, who, didn' da do." Our image of this song is one of a rouster walking along the riverfront visiting the different steamboats docked there. A waterfall was a popular style of hair decoration in the mid-19th century, bunching curled hair at the back of the head around a nucleus of false hair called a "rat."
You talk about your greenbacks being dollar bills|
You oughta see the Natchez when she passed Louisville
Yonder comes the Natchez, coming through the fog,.
Folks on the promenade putting on the dog.
Who, who, didn't I doHad a little gal, dressed in red,
Gonna make a living with a needle and thread.
Had a little gal, dressed in blue
Gonna make a living that's good and true.
If I live to see next Spring,
Chicken in the pea patch pecking at the peas