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
LOOKING FOR A FIGHT
I went down town de yudder night, A-raisin' san' an' a-wantin' a fight. Had a forty dollar razzer, an' a
gatlin' gun, Fer to shoot dem Niggers down one
by one.
I'LL WEAR ME A COTTON DRESS
Oh, will you wear red? Oh, will you wear red?
Oh, will you wear red, Milly Biggers?
"I wron't wear red,
It's too much lak Missus' head.
I'll wear me a cotton dress,
Dyed wid copperse an' oak-bark."
Oh, will you wear blue? Oh, will you wear blue? Oh, will you wear blue, Milly Biggers? "I won't wear blue, It's too much lak Missus' shoe. I'll wear me a cotton dress, Dyed wid copperse an' oak-bark."
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