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American Ballads and Folk Songs
silence as the song swept on, growing in power toward the end, while Lightnin's eyes blazed, and he sang, "Great Godamighty!"
The accented words mark the recurrent ax or hoe strokes. The stanzas have this formó
He's a-choppin' in de new groun', He's a-choppin' in de new ground He's a-choppin' in de new groun', Great Godamighty. {Refrain that is repeated after every stanza.)
Verses He's choppin' Charley,
He's a-choppin' jes' to fool you,
He's a pool-doo fooler,
Well, I got a crane wing;
Well, my plirdner's got de same thing;
My blade is order made; [ 80 ] .