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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Oh Eli,
Pick a bale a day,
Ol' massa tol' de niggers, Pick a bale o' cotton, Ol' massa tol' de niggers, Pick a bale a day.
I b'lieve to my soul, I pick a bale o' cotton, I b'lieve to my soul, I pick a bale a day.
I had a little wife could Pick a bale o' cotton, I had a little wife could Pick a bale a day.
HARD TO BE A NIGGER
Well, it makes no difference
How you make out your time. White man sho' to bring a
Nigger out behin\
Chorus:
Ain't it hard? ain't it hard?
Ain't it hard to be a nigger? nigger? nigger?
Ain't it hard? ain't it hard?
For you cain't get yo' money when it's due.
Lemme tell you, white man,
Lemme tell you, honey, Nigger makes de cotton,
White folks gets de money.
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