Sich a Getting up Stairs
"Sich a Getting Up Stairs" (and various variant spellings) is an American
songthat dates to the early 1830s. It was in the repertoire of Thomas D. Riceand other early blackfaceperformers.
Musicologist Hans Nathan calls "Sich a Getting Up Stairs" a descendant of the song "
Getting Upstairs", a Border Morrissong from England and Wales. [Nathan 166, 169.] Musicologist Dale Cockrell, on the other hand, doubts this, as the copy of "Getting Upstairs" on which Nathan based his comparison dates to after the creation of the American blackface song. "Sich a Getting Up Stairs" was fairly popular in the United States and could thus have influenced later versions of the Morris song. [Cockrell 178 note 70.]
*Cockrell, Dale (1997). "Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World". Cambridge University Press.
*Nathan, Hans (1962). "Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy". Norman: University of Oklahoma Press.
* [http://www.bluegrassmessengers.com/master/gettingupstairs1.html "Gettin' Upstairs"] at the Bluegrass Messengers website
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