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American Ballads and Folk Songs
"Well, yonder comes Dr. Melton." "How in de worP do you know?" "Well, dey give me a tablet The day befoV "Well, dey never was a doctor, Travel through by Ian', Dat could cure de fever On a convict man."
"Yonder comes Bud Russell." "How in de worP do you know?" "Tell him by his big hat An' his 44.
He walked into de jail-house Wid a gang o' chains in his han'sj I heard him tell de captain, 'I'm de transfer man.'"
"Ef you go to Houston,* You better walk right, You better not stagger, You better not fight. Or Sheriff Benson * Will arrest you, He will carry you down. Ef de juris find you guilty, You'll be penitentiary bound."
"Yonder comes li'l Rosie." "How in the worP do you know?" "I can tell her by her apron
*The song "Midnight Special" is widely current in the South. Instead of Houston, *c «**« may substitute the name of whatever town he was arrested in, and instead of Benson the name of the sheriff who arrested him.
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