“Black-Eyed Susie (Green Corn)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1924 (recording, Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett)
Keywords: courting marriage children nonballad playparty
Found in: US(SE,So)


Floating verses about courting and marriage: "All I want in this creation / Pretty little wife and a big plantation.... Two little boys to call me pappy, One named sup and the other named gravy. Hey, black-eyed Susie" (or "Green corn," or other chorus)


It is possible that this song and "Hot Corn, Cold Corn (I'll Meet You in the Evening)" spring from the same sources, since they share lyrics and themes. However, they have evolved far enough apart that I feel I have to split them.

Roud seems to split the group even more, with "Black Eyed Susie" being his #3426 and "Green Corn" his #4954. The versions I've seen, though, are so mixed up that I decided to lump them because almost any split would be somewhat arbitrary. Nor are the titles any help; Cambiaire's "Pretty Little Black-Eyed Susie." for instance, never mentions Susie; the girl in the song is Sally. - RBW

Cross references



  1. Randolph 568, "Black-Eyed Susan" (1 short text plus a fragment, 1 tune); also perhaps 415, "Possum Sop and Polecat Jelly" (1 text, 1 tune -- a playparty that shares some lyrics and is too short to classify on its own)
  2. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 410-411, "Black-Eyed Susan" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 568A)
  3. BrownIII 311, "Black-Eyes Susie" (2 fragments, presumably of this piece)
  4. Cambiaire, p. 86, "Pretty Little Black-Eyed Susan" (1 text)
  5. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 184, "Pretty Little Black-Eyed Susan" (1 text)
  6. Lomax-FSUSA 29, "Black-eyed Susie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 286-288, "Black-eyed Susie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Silber-FSWB, p. 38, "Green Corn"; p. 39, "Black-Eyed Susie" (2 texts)
  10. Roud #4954 and 3426
  11. BI, R568