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________American Ballads and Folk Songs
B'lieve to my soul dere's a nigger gone, Heah, Rattler, heah, He went right down through dat corn, Heah, Rattler, heah.
He cross right 'cross dat ol' foot log, I b'lieve to my soul da's a nigger dog.
I think I hear a horn blow,
Ef I trip dis time, I'll trip no mo'.
You got to ride, ride, sergeant, OP Rock's walkin' de Brazos.
Got a baby here, got a baby, there, Gonna take my baby to the worl'y fair.
Dey tell me one, dey tell me two,
Now ef you stay on de groun' Rattler'U sho ketch you.
OP Rattler jumped a cottontail, Run dat fool off de trail.
I wouldn' stop ef I see myse'f dyin*, I'm on my way to de long-leaf pine.
Now I run till I'm almos' blin', I'm on my way to de long-leaf pine.
I didn' have no time to make no thimpathee, My nighes' route was up a tree.
I had a face all full of frowns,
You won' never ketch me on de groun'.
Now, hoP on, boys, let's stop an' see, Dey got Big Foot Rock settin' in a tree.