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
De raccoon claw de 'possum Along de ribs an' head; 'Possum tumble over an' grin, Playin' lak he been dead.
COTTON EYED JOE
Hol' my fiddle an' hoi' my bow, Whilst I knocks ole Cotton Eyed Joe.
I'd a been dead some seben years ago, If I hadn' a danced dat Cotton Eyed Joe.
Oh, it makes dem ladies love me so, Wen I comes 'roun' pickin' ole Cotton Eyed Joe!
Yes, I'd a been married some forty
year ago, If I hadn' stay'd 'roun' wid Cotton
Eyed Joe.
I hain't seed ole Joe, since way las'
Fall; Dey say he's been sol' down to Guinea
Gall.
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