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
THE END OF TEN LITTLE NEGROES
Ten liddle Niggers, a-eatin', fat an' fine; One choke hisse'f to death, an' dat lef nine. Nine liddle Niggers, dey sot up too late; One sleep hisse'f to death, an' dat lef eight. Eight liddle Niggers want to go to Heaben; One sing hisse'f to death, an' dat ief seben. Seben liddle Niggers, a-pickin' up sticks; One wuk hisse'f to death, an' dat lef six. Six liddle Niggers went out fer to drive; Mule run away wid one, an' dat lef' five. Five liddle Niggers in a cold rain pour; One coughed hisse'f to death, an' dat lef' four. Four liddle Niggers, climb a' apple tree; One fall down an' out, an' dat lef three. Three liddle Niggers a-wantin' sumpin new; One, he quit de udders, an' dat lef' two. Two liddle Niggers went out fer to run; One fell down de bluff, an' dat lef' one. One liddle Nigger, a-foolin' wid a gun; Gun go off "bang!" an' dat lef none.
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