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We git up in de mornin' so dog-gone soon, Cain' see nothin' but de stars an' moon.
Um—m, cain' see nothin' but de stars an' moon.
I looked all over de whole corral, An' I couldn't fin' a mule wid his shoulder well. Um—m, etc.
Runnin' all aroun' de whole corral, Lawdy-Lawdy-Lawd, Tryin' to git de harness on Queen an' Sal.
Way down on de river an' I couldn' see,
Couldn' hear nothin', Lawdy-Lawd, but "Whoa-haw-gee."
"Cap'n, cap'n, ol' Nell is sick."
"God damn ol' Nell, put de harness on Dick."
My name is Ron, I wuks in de san', oh, my Lawd, I'd ruther be a nigger dan a po'-white man.