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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Talk about it, you shall be free, When the good Lord sets you free.
Went to the river to be baptize',
Stepped on a root and got capsize',
Water was deep, preacher was weak,
Nigger went to heben from the bottom of the creek!
If you want to see a preacher laugh, Change a dollar and give him half; Big black nigger, blacker 'n blackin' tar, Tryin' to get to heben on a 'lectric car.
If you want t7 see a rooster crow, Th'ow some corn pone befo' yo do', Take a stick in yo' right hand, Knock him over in the promised land.
Nigger and rooster had a fight, Rooster knocked the nigger clean out of sight. Nigger said, "Mr. Rooster, that will be all right, I'll meet you at the chicken roost tomorrow night, With my cracker sack tomorrow night."
Kneelin' in de chicken house on my knees, Thought I heard a chicken sneeze, Sneeze so hard wid de whoopin' cough, Sneezed his head and tail right off.
Oh, mourner, you will be free, Yes, mourner, you will be free, When de good Lord sets you free.