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
THE OLD WOMAN IN THE HILLS
Once: Dere wus an ole 'oman Dat lived in de hills; Put rocks in 'er stockin's, An' sent 'em to mill.
Den: De ole miller swore,
By de pint o' his knife; Dat he never had ground
up No rocks in his life.
So: De ole 'oman said
To dat miller nex' day: "You railly must 'scuse me, It's de onliest way."
"I heared you made meal, A-grindin' on stones. I mus' 'ave heared wrong, It mus' 'ave been bones."
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