|Most versions include some idiomatic , although versions now predominate||The blue-bottle fly now appears in British proverbs as the "blue-arsed fly" but this name does not seem to predate the 20th century|
|In its noun sense of "trinket" or "bauble", it appears in 's : "There was an old hair trunk in one corner, and a guitar-box in another, and all sorts of little knickknacks and jimcracks around, like girls brisken up a room with||1991: "Olga Crack Corn", an instrumental by the• org gives several variants of title and lyrics, early publication information; its links include numerous other discussions of the song|
|1978: "Blue Tail Fly" by Disco Connection eponymous• 1847 I SING about de long-tail blue, So often you want someting new; Wid your desire I'll now comply, An' sing about de blue-tail fly||1971: "Blue Tail Fly" by the Band of the Royal International Guards Ceremonial Music of the Band• 1973: "Blue Tail Fly" by Folk Songs of the World• 1965: "The Folk Song Army" by There are innocuous folk songs, But we regard 'em with scorn|
|The song, however, is also interpreted as having a subtext of celebration about that death and of the slave's having contributed to it through deliberate negligence or even|
The basic narrative remains intact.
|A usage attested as early as the 18th century||Dey laid 'im under a simmon tree, His epitaph am dar to see; Beneath dis stone I'm forced to lie, All by de means ob de blue tail fly|
|1962: "Jimmy Crack Corn" by Graham McCarthy Best Loved Folk Songs• Popcorn Time is a tool that allows you to play hundreds of movies and episodes from TV series directly on your Android device, without having to download anything||Ole Massa's gone, now let him rest, Dey say all tings am for de best; I neber shall forget till de day I die, Ole Massa an de blue tail fly|
The idea that Jim or Jimmy is "cracking open" a jug of whiskey is similarly unsupported: that is attested at least as early as 1803 but initially applied to literal ruptures; its application to opening the cap or cork of a bottle of alcohol was a later development.