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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Oh, run, nigger, run! de patter-roller ketch you. Run, nigger, run! hit's almos' day! Oh, run, nigger, run] de patter-roller ketch you. Run, nigger, run! hit's almos' day!
Some folks say dat a nigger won't steal, But I kotch one in my corn-fiel'j He run ter de eas', he run ter de wes', He run he head in a hornet nes\*
De sun am set, dis nigger am free} De yalier gals he goes to see} I heard a man cry, "Run, doggone you," Run, nigger, run, patter-roller ketch you.
Wid eyes wide open and head hangin' down, Like de rabbit before de houn', Dis nigger streak it for de pasture 5 Nigger run fast, white man run fasten
And ober de fence as slick as a eel Dis nigger jumped all but his heel} De white man ketch dat fast, you see, And tied it tight aroun' de tree.
Dis nigger heard dat old whip crack, But nebber stopped fur to look back} I started home as straight as a bee And left my heel tied aroun' de tree.
My oP Miss, she prommus me Dat when she die, she set me free} But she done dead dis many year ago, En yer I'm hoein' de same oP row!
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