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197 THE MONKEY'S WEDDING
This song, which lends itself readily to improvisation, has many variations in the different texts. For texts longer than the Michigan one see Richardson, pp 86-87, and Sandburg, p. 113. See also The Ftanklm Square Song Collection, VII, 120; Scarborough, On the Trail of Neg?o Fol-Songs, p. 180; and Spaeth, Read 'Em and Weep, p. 79.
The present version was recited in 1931 by Mrs Sylvester Chickering, Beld-mg, who probably learned the song from her husband, since her sons remem­ber hearing him sing it.
1    The monkey married the baboon's sister; He smacked his lips, and then he kissed her; He kissed so hard he raised a blister,
And she set up a yell.
2    And what do you think the bride was dressed 111 ? Pink silk dress and a green glass breast pin, Pink toed shoes, and she was quite interesting And she was quite a belle.
3    And the groom he wore a high shirt collar, And black silk sox that cost a dollar,
And large false whiskers the fashion to follow; And he was quite a swell.
4    And what do you think they had for supper? Black-eyed peas and bread and butter, Ducks in the duck house all in a flutter, And pickled oysters, too.
5    And what do you think they had for a fiddle ? An old banjo with a hole in the middle;
A tambourine made out of a riddle, And that's the end of my song.







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