Selection: Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby
Recorded: Senatobia, Mississippi
Performers: Sidney Hemphill Carter
Suggested Activity #1: Form
1. Listen to “Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby”.
Q: Who do you think is singing?
A: One person. (female)
2. Show picture of Sidney Hemphill Carter on the porch.
3. Listen to recording again.
Q: How many times do you hear Sidney Hemphill Carter sing, “Go to Sleepy, Little Baby”?
Q: Does it sound the same every time she sings, “Go to Sleepy, Little Baby”?
A: No. Sometimes the notes are higher.
Q: Does she sing it the same number of times each occurrence?
A: No. Sometimes he sings it two times, sometimes once.
Q: What else do you hear in the recording?
A: Dog barking, door closing, people talking.
4. Listen again. Students sing, “Go to Sleepy, Little Baby” and “Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby”.
5. Students sing whole song. Have a student solo sing for “Your Mama gone away, My Daddy gonna stay”.
6. Optional - Listen to recording from the soundtrack of “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” of Alison Krauss, EmmyLou Harris and Gillian Welch singing the same song.
Designed by Karen Howard