Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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An' w'en de cotton's all laid by, De rain, it spile de bowls, If you don't keep busy pickin' In de cotton fiel' of yo' souls.
Keep on a-plowin', an' a-hoein'; Keep on scrapin' off de rows; An' w'en de year is over You can pay off all you owes.
But w'en you sees a lazy Nigger Stop workin', shore's you're born, You'se gwineter see him comin' out At de liddle end of de horn.
Two times one is two. Won't you jes keep still till I gits through? Three times three is nine. You 'tend to yo' business, an' I'll tend to mine.