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_____________American Ballads and Folk Songs________
Ho, boys, cancha line 'em? See Eloise go linin' track.
The following stanzas are a few among the many couplets of this widely current song of the Negro section gangs,
OP Moses stood on de Red Sea shore,
Smote de water wid a two-by-foun (ChorusJ)
Way down yonder in de holler o' de fieP, Angels workin' on de chariot wheeL
Mary, Marthy, Luke, an' John, All dem 'ciples dead an' gone.
I got a woman on Jennielee Square,
Ef you would die easy, lemme ketch you dere.*
The reason I stay wid my cap'n so long, Ever' mornin' gimme bisquits to rear back on.
Little Evaline settin' in de shade, Figurin' on de money I done made.
July de red bug, July de fly,
Ef Augus' am' a hot month, Lawdy, I pray to die.
You keep on talkin' 'bout join-'er-ahead,t Never said nothin' 'bout my hog an' bread.
Went to de mountain, to de tip-top, See my baby do de Eagle-Rock.
Jack de rabbit, Jack de bear, Cain' you move it jes' a hair?
♦This stanza and the two following are quoted from Odum and Johnson^ Negro Workaday Sengs (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1926). * Pronounced "jonny head."