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167
SHORTENING BREAD
See Scarborough, pp. 149153; Lunsford and Stringfield, p. 55, ("Wild Horse"); Richardson and Spaeth, p. 81; White, p. 193; Perrow, Journal, XXVIII, 142.
Obtained from Dr. Daniel S. Gage, Fulton, Missouri, August, 1931, who had it from Richard H. Moser, Swannanoa, North Carolina.
1. Ain't I glad that the old sow's dead;
We can have some shortening bread. Don't those negroes love shortening, shortening, Don't those negroes love shortening bread ?
2.1 slipped to the oven, and 1 raised up the lid;
Mama slapped the shovel up beside my head. Don't those negroes love shortening, shortening, Don't those negroes love shortening bread ?
3. 1 went up stairs to go to bed;
And put a piece of corn-bread under my head. Don't those negroes love shortening, shortening, Don't those negroes love shortening bread ?
4. Two little negroes lying in the bed;
One turned over and said: "Don't all negroes love shortening, shortening, Don't all negroes love shortening bread ?"
5.  Two in the middle, two at the head,
Two at the foot make six in a bed, Don't all negroes love shortening, shortening, Don't all negroes love shortening bread ?
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