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
* To give me yo' right hin' foot? My luck, it won't be fer sale.
tJUBA
Juba dis, an' Juba dat,
Juba |skin dat Yaller Cat. Juba! Juba!
Juba jump an' Juba sing.
Juba, :fcut dat Pigeon's Wing. Juba! Juba!
Juba, kick off Juba's shoe.
Juba, dance dat tJuDal Jew. Juba! Juba!
Juba, whirl dat foot about.
Juba, blow dat candle out. Juba! Juba!
Juba circle, |Raise de Latch.
Juba do dat tL°ng Dog Scratch. Juba! Juba!
* This embraces the old superstition that carrying in one's pocket the right hind foot of a rabbit, which ha9 habitually lived about a cemetery, brings good luck to its possessor.
fThis peculiar kind of dance rhyme is explained in the Study in Negro Folk Rhymes.
^The expressions marked are various kinds of dance steps.
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