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Introduction
2. And all the neighbors gathered 'round When we got the thing to go; They said it would burst and kill us all, Just twenty years ago.
Mrs. Wilson also learned the following as a child; it has the flavor of the lowlands rather than of the highlands:
i. A soldier sat by the road one day
And he was looking very gay;
For by his side he had some meal That he'd just stole from an old tar-heel. Chorus
Bye and bye, bye and bye,
I'm going to marry before I die;
Bye and bye, bye and bye, Marry a girl with a bright blue eye;
Georgia girls none surpasses; They are sweeter than sorgum molasses.
2.  Tn a canteen by his side,
That he was trying hard to hide From the eye of all who passes, He had a quart of sorgum molasses. Chorus
3. He made a fire to bake his bread
And when it was done he laughing said:
"Tn all the world none surpasses
Good corn bread and sorgum molasses".
Chorus
4. As 1 went up Atlanta street,
A tar-heel girl I chanced to meet, Said she to me, "Are you a traveler ?"
"No, by jinks, I'm a goober16 grabber".
A number of traditional ballads and other songs were recorded from the singing of Mrs. Wilson, among which were "Sweet Trinity", "Lady Alice", "Our Goodman", "Little Mohea", "The British Lady", "Sweet Soldier Boy", "Frankie and Johnny", "The Old Gray Beard a-Shining", "The
j5 Used in the South for a peanut.
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