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NEGRO DIALECT VERSES              191
YOU KIN NEVAH MAKE A WHITE MAN FROM A COON.
I've seed 'em try to do it, sence the day dat I
was born, An' ef dey keeps er tryin' tell Ole Gabr'el blow
his horn, Dey's nevah gwine to reach it, tell a cannon hits
de moon, An' dat is tryin' fur to make a white man from
a coon.
You kin nevah make a white man from a coon, No mo' dan go to heaven in a b'loon.
You hear me what I say,
En I'll prove it any day, You kin nevah make a white man from a coon.
De coon he love spring chicken, an' he'll get de
fus' one, sho; De early watah-million gwine to reach him long
befo' De white folks know hit's comin', and he nevah
minds de price, He gwine to git dat eatin' sho' as seven's in de
dice.
De white man he's contented for to w'ar some quiet clothes;






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