"Shortnin' Bread" (also spelled "Shortenin' Bread", "Short'nin' Bread", or "Sho'tnin' Bread") is an African-American plantation song that has folk roots. This root dates back to as far as the 1890s. There was a poem published by James Whitcomb Riley, and it built on older lyrics seen as at 1900. The song refers to a bread that is made of cornmeal or flour and lard shortening. Therefore, you should think about shortbread when you hear the lyrics. The song has a lyric that says Fotch dat dough fum the kitchin-shed Rake de coals out hot an' red Putt on de oven an' putt on de led Mammy's gwiner cook som short'nin' bread The dialect rendered into common English would be: Fetch that dough from the kitchen shed Rake the coals out hot and red Put on the oven and put on lid Mommy's going to cook some shortning bread The verse includes: When corn plantin' done come roun' Blackbird own de whole plowed groun' Corn is de grain as I've hearn said Dat's de blackbird's short'nin' Bread E.C. Perrow published a version of the song in 1915, and it was the first folk version, which he had contacted earlier in 1912 from east Tennessee. Another version was added to the song after some years saying; Two little children, lying in bed One of them was sick and the other bumped his head Mother called for the doctor and the doctor said "feed them children on short'nin' bread"