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
You sholy would wear gray? You sholy would
wear gray? You sholy would wear gray, Milly Biggers? "I won't wear gray, It's too much lak Missus' way. I'll wear me a cotton dress, Dyed wid copperse an' oak-bark."
Well, will you wear white? Well, will you wear
white? Well, will you wear white, Milly Biggers? "I won't wear white, I'd get dirty long 'fore night. I'll wear me a cotton dress, Dyed wid copperse an' oak-bark."
Now, will you wear black? Now, will you wear
black? Now, will you wear black, Milly Biggers? "I mought wear black, Case it's de color o' my back; An' it looks lak my cotton dress, Dyed wid * copperse an' oak-bark."
* Copperse is copperas, or sulphate of iron.
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