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
IN A MULBERRY TREE
Jes looky, looky yonder; w'at I see! Two liddle Niggers in a Mulberry tree. One cain't read, an' de t'other cain't write. But dey bofe can smoke deir daddy's pipe.
"One ma two! One ma two!" Dat Mulberry Witch, he *titterer too. "Big bait o' Mulberries make 'em bofe sick. Dem liddle Niggers gwineter roll an' kick!"
ANIMAL ATTIRE
Dat Coon, he w'ar a undershirt; Dat 'Possum w'ar a gown. Br'er Rabbit, he w'ar a overcoat Wid buttons up an' down.
Mistah Gobbler's got beads 'roun'
'is nee'. Mistah Pattridge's got a collar, Hun! Mistah Peacock, a fedder on his head! But dese don't stop no gun.
* Titterer means laugh.
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