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
MOLLY COTTONTAIL, OR, GRAVE­YARD RABBIT
Ole Molly Cottontail, At night, w'en de moon's pale; You don't fail to tu'n tail, You always gives me leg bail.*
Molly in de Bramble-brier, Let me git a little nigher; Prickly-pear, it sting lak fire! Do please come pick out de brier!
Molly in de pale moonlight, Yo' tail is sho a pretty white; You takes it fer 'way out'n sight. "Molly! Molly! Molly Bright!"
Ole Molly Cottontail, You sets up on a rotten rail! You tears through de graveyard! You makes dem ugly f hants wail.
Ole Molly Cottontail,
Won't you be shore not to fail
* Leg bail = to run away, t Hants = ghosts or spirits.
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