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 say to de 'possum: "Sun!" (As he grin from down below), "If you wants dese good 'simmons,
man, Jes clam up whar dey grow."
THE COW NEEDS A TAIL IN FLY-TIME
Dat ole black sow, she can root in de mud, She can tumble an' roll in de slime; But dat big red cow, she git all mired up, So dat cow need a tail in fly-time.
Dat ole gray hoss, wid 'is ole bob tail, You mought buy all 'is ribs fer a dime; But dat ole gray hoss can git a kiver on, Whilst de cow need a tail in fly-time.
Dat Nigger Overseer, dat's a-ridin' on a
mule, Cain't make hisse'f white lak de lime; Mosser mought take 'im down fer a notch
or two, Den de cow'd need a tail in fly-time.
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