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
WANTED! CORNBREAD AND COON
I'se gwine now a-huntin' to ketch a big fat coon. Gwineter bring him home, an' bake him, an' eat him
wid a spoon. Gwineter baste him up wid gravy, an' add some
onions too. I'se gwineter shet de Niggers out, an' stuff myse'f
clean through.
I wants a piece o' hoecake; I wants a piece o' bread, An' I wants a piece o' Johnnycake as big as my ole
head. I wants a piece o' ash cake: I wants dat big fat
coon! An' I sho' won't git hongry 'fore de middle o' nex'
June.
LITTLE RED HEN
My liddle red hen, wid a liddle white foot, Done built her nes' in a huckleberry root. She lay mo' aigs dan a flock on a fahm. Anudder liddle drink wouldn' do us no harm.
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