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
De jaybird say: "Save some fer me; I needs it w'en I bakes." De sparrer say: "Use 'lasses, Suh! Dat suits fer Country-Jakes!"
FROG IN A MILL (* GUINEA OR EBO
RHYME)
Once dere wus er frog dat lived in er mill. He had er raker don la bottom o' la kimebo Kimebo, nayro, dilldo, kiro Stimstam, formididdle, all-a-board la rake; Wid er raker don la bottom o' la kimebo.
STRONG HANDS
Here's yo' bread, an' here's yo' butter;
An' here's de hands fer to make you sputter.
Tetch dese hands, w'en you wants to tetch a beaver. If dese hands tetch you, you'll sho' ketch de fever.
Dese hands Samson, good fer a row, W'en dey hits you, it's "good-by cow!"
* For explanation, read the Study in Negro Folk Rhymes.
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