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
"LET'S MARRY" COURTSHIP
(A proposal of marriage, with a provisional ac­ceptance)
(He) Oh Miss Lizie, how I loves you! My life's jes los' if you hain't true. If you loves me lak I loves you, No knife cain't cut our love in two.
(She) Grapevine warp, an' cornstalk fillin'; I'll marry you if mammy an' daddy's willin'.
(He) Rabbit hop an' long dog trot!
Let's git married if dey say "not."
COURTSHIP
{A proposal of marriage with its acceptance)
Kind Miss: I'se on de stage o' action,
Pleadin' hard fer satisfaction, Pleadin' 'fore de time-thief late; Darfore, Ma'm, now, *"cra-
venate." * Cravenate = consider.
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