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
HOW TO KEEP OR KILL THE DEVIL
If you wants to see de Devil smile, Simpully do lak his own chile.
If you wants to see de Devil git spunk, Swallow whisky, an' git drunk.
If you wants to see de Devil live, Cuss an' swar an' never give.
If you wants to see de Devil run, Jes tu'n a loose de Gospel gun.
If you wants to see de Devil fall, Hit him wid de Gospel ball.
If you wants to see de Devil beg, Nail him wid a Gospel peg.
If you wants to see de Devil sick, Beat him wid a Gospel stick.
If you wants to see de Devil die, Feed him up on Gospel pie.
But de Devil w'ars dat iron shoe, An' if you don't watch, he'll slip it on you.
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