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
PRESENTING A HAT TO PHOEBE
Sister Phoebe: Happy wus we,
Wen we sot under dat Juniper tree. Take dis hat, it'll keep yo' head
warm. Take dis kiss, it'll do you no harm.
Sister Phoebe: De hours, dey're few;
But dis hat'll say I'se thinkin' 'bout
you. Sugar, it's sugar; an' salt, it's salt; If you don't love me, it's sho' yd*
own fault.
WOOING
Wat is dat a wukin At yo' han' bill on de wall, So's yo' sperit, it cain't res', An' a gemmun's heat, it call?
Is you lookin' fer sweeter berries Growin' on a higher bush? An' does my combersation suit? If not, w'at does you wush? 140