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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
*THE NASHVILLE LADIES
Dem Nashville ladies dress up fine.
Got longpail hoopskirts hanging down behin'!
Got deir bonnets to deir shoulders an' deir noses in
de sky! Big pig! Liddle pig! Root hog, or die!
I'se de bigges' rascal fer my age. I now speaks from dis public stage. I'se stole a cow; I'se stole a calf, An' dat hain't more 'an jes 'bout half.
Yes, Mosser!—Lover of my soul!— "How many chickens has I stole?" Well; three las' night, an' two night befo'; An' I'se gwine 'fore long to git four mo'.
But you see dat hones' Billy Ben,
He done e't more dan erry three men.
He e't a ham, den e't a side;
He would a e't mo', but you know he died.
* The name of the place was used where the r.iyme was repeated.