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 ALABAMA WAY
'Way down yon'er "in de Alerbamer way," De Niggers goes to wo'k at de peep o' de
day. De bed's too short, an' de high posts rear; De Niggers needs a ladder fer to climb up
dere. De cord's wore out, an' de bed-tick's gone. Niggers' legs hang down fer de chickens
t' roost on.
MOTHER SAYS I AM SIX YEARS OLD
My mammy says dat I'se too young To go to Church an' pray; But she don't know how bad I is W'en she's been gone away.
My mammy says I'se six years old, My daddy says I'se seben. Dat's all right how old I is, Jes since I'se a gwine to Heaben.
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