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American Ballads and Folk Songs
who can pick a bale of cotton (which must weigh between thirteen and fifteen hundred pounds) in a day. Clear Rocky seventy-year-old water boy on the Central State Farm near Sugarland, Texas, shouted out the following song with as much vigor as if he could get up the next minute and pick a bale of cotton, and in a half-day.
Dat nigger fum Shiloh Can pick a bale o' cotton, Dat nigger fum Shiloh Can pick a bale a day.
Chorus:
A-pick a bale, a-pick a bale, Pick a bale o' cotton. A-pick a bale, a-pick a bale, Pick a bale a day.
OH Eli,
Pick a bale o' cotton,
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