Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
TAILS
De coon's got a long ringed bushy tail, De 'possum's tail is bare; Dat rabbit hain't got no tail 'tall, 'Cep' a liddle bunch o' hair.
De gobbler's got a big fan tail,
De pattridge's tail is small ;
Dat peacock's tail 's got great big
eyes, But dey don't see nothin' 'tall.
CAPTAIN DIME
Cappun Dime is a fine w'ite man. He wash his face in a fry'n' pan, He comb his head wid a waggin wheel, An' he die wid de toothache in his heel.
Cappun Dime is a mighty fine feller,
An' he sho' play kyards wid de Niggers in
de cellar, But he will git drunk, an' he won't smoke a
pipe, Den he will pull de watermillions 'fore dey
gits ripe.
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