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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Big yam taters in de sandy Ian', Sandy bottom, sandy Ian', Big yam taters in de sandy Ian5, Sandy bottom, sandy Ian'.
Sift your meal an' save de bran, Mighty good livin' in de sandy Ian'.
Big buck nigger in de sandy Ian', Raise big taters in de sandy Ian'.
Big fat possum up-a 'simmon tree, Make a big supper f er you an' me.
Hurry up boys in sandy Ian', Big fat possum up-a 'simmon tree,
We'll make our livin' in sandy Ian', Lot o' pretty gals in sandy Ian'.
Right an' left in sandy Ian', On to de nex' in sandy Ian'.
Dinah's got a wooden leg, so they say, Shake that wooden leg, Dinah-o. .
Sal's got meat skin laid away,
To grease that wooden leg, so they say.
When musical instruments were rare among the plantation Negroes, they often made music for jig dancing by clapping their hands or slapping their thighs. The mouth with lips protruding often served as a substitute for the drum when intense emphasis was desired. Words sometimes were attached to these patting chants, just as words followed the mountain breakdown tunes. Two examples of Negro 'patting chants: