Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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Yes, befo' I'd live dat ar hobo life,
I'll tell you what I'd jes go an' do:
I'd court dat pretty gal an' take 'er fer my wife,
Den jes lay 'side dat ar hobo life.
I hain't never gwineter hobo no mo'. By George!
I hain't never gwineter hobo no mo'.
If de people'll jes gimme
Des a liddle bit o' peace,
I'll tell 'em what happen
To de Chief o' Perlice.
He met a robber
Right at de do'!
An' de robber, he shot 'im
Wid a forty-fo'!
He shot dat Perliceman.
He shot 'im sho'!
What did he shoot 'im wid?
A forty-fo'.
Dey sent fer de Doctah An' de Doctah he come. He come in a hurry, He come in a run. 71