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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana           335
For other texts, see Odum and Johnson, The Negro and His Songs, p. 238; Talley, Negro Folk Rhymes . . , p. 47; and White, American Negro Folk Songs, pp. 227-28.
Professor White writes me1 regarding Indiana B: ". . . your interest­ing version of 'Simon Slick* ... is one of the most complete I have seen. ... I have always regarded it as probably a descendant from old minstrel or vaudeville days or perhaps an independent composition for white com-shuckings or other gatherings. The form and diction both make a Negro origin seem decidedly doubtful."
Contributed by Miss Sylvia Vaughan, of Oakland City, Indiana. Gib­son County. Obtained from her father, Mr. Hiram Vaughan, who does not remember where he learned it, but says that he has known it since he was a boy. March 19, 1935.
1.     There was a man in our town,
His name was Simon Slick; He had a mule with dreamy eyes, And how that mule could kick!
Whoa, mule, whoa! whoa, mule, whoa! Every time a nigger looks 'round It's whoa, mule, whoa!
2.     He'd shut one eye and shake his tail
And greet you with a smile; He'd send a telegraph with his leg And kick you half a mile.
3.     He kicked the feathers off a goose,
He pulverized a hog, Dissected seven Chinamen, And killed a yaller dog.
1 In a letter of January 28, 19S5.

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