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
A STRANGE BROOD
De ole hen sot on tucky aigs, An' she hatch out goslin's three. Two wus tuckies wid slender legs, An' one wus a bumblebee. All dem hens say to one nudder: "Mighty queer chickens! See?"
THE TOWN AND THE COUNTRY BIRD
Jaybird a-swingin' a two hoss plow; "Sparrer, why not you?" "W'y—! My legs so liddle an' slen­der, man, I'se fear'd dey'd break in two."
Jaybird answer: "What'd you say?— I sometimes worms terbaccy; But I'd druther plow sweet taters too, Dan to be a ole Town Tacky!"
Jaybird up in de Sugar tree, De sparrer on de groun'; De jaybird shake de sugar down, An' de sparrer pass it 'roun'.
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