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
NEGRO SOLDIER'S CIVIL WAR CHANT
Ole * Abe (God bless 'is ole soul!)
Got a plenty good victuals, an' a plenty good
clo'es. Got powder, an' shot, an' lead, To bust in Adam's liddle Confed' In dese hard times.
Oh, once dere wus union, an' den dere wus peace; De slave, in de cornfield, bare up to his knees. But de Rebel's in gray, an' Sesesh's in de way, An' de slave'll be free In dese hard times.
PARODY ON "NOW I LAY ME DOWN TO
SLEEP"
Uh-huh: "Now I lays me down to sleep!" While dead oudles o' bedbugs 'round me creep, Well: If dey bites me befo' "I" wake, I hopes "deir" ole jawbones'll break.
* Abraham Lincoln.
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