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
A Nigger an' a w'ite man a playin' seben up;
(Raise a rucus to-night.) De Nigger beat de w'ite man, but 'e's skeered to
pick it up. (Raise a rucus to-night.) Dat Nigger grabbed de money, an' de w'ite man fell.
(Raise a rucus to-night.) How de Nigger run, I'se not gwineter tell. (Raise
a rucus to-night.)
Look here, Nigger! Let me tell you a naked fac':
(Raise a rucus to-night.) You mought a been cullud widout bein' dat black;
(Raise a rucus to-night.) Dem 'ar feet look lak youse sho' walkin' back;
(Raise a rucus to-night.) An' yo' ha'r, it look lak a chyarpet tack. (Raise a
rucus to-night.)
Oh come 'long, chilluns, come 'long, Wile dat moon are shinin' bright. Let's git on board, an' float down de river, An' raise dat rucus to-night.
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