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
ANTEBELLUM MARRIAGE PROPOSAL
(A proposal of marriage with the answer deferred)
(He) De ocean, it's wide; de sea, it's deep. Yes, in yo' arms I begs to sleep, Not fer one time, not fer three; But long as we-uns can agree.
(She) Please gimme time, Suh, to "re-ponder;" Please gimme time to "gargalize;" Den 'haps I'll tu'n to "cattlegog," An' answer up 'greeable fer a s'prise.
IF YOU FROWN
If you frowns, an' I frowns, Wen we goes out togedder; Den all de t'other folks aroun' Will say: "De rain is fallin' down Right in de sunshine wedder!"
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