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
DOODLE-BUG
Doodle-bug! Doodle-bug! Come git sweet milk.
Doodle-bug! Doodle-bug Doodle bug! Doodle-bug Doodle-bug! Doodle-bug
Come git butter. Come git co'n bread. Come on to Supper.
* RAW HEAD AND BLOODY BONES
Don't talk! Go to sleep! Eyes shet an' don't you peep! Keep still, or he jes moans: "Raw Head an' Bloody Bones!"
MYSTERIOUS FACE WASHING
I wash my face in de watah
Dat's neider rain nor run.
I wipes my face on de towel
Dat's neider wove nor spun.—
I wash my face in de dew,
An' I dries it in de sun.
•Repeated to restless children at night to make them lie still and go to sleep.
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