Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
GO TO BED
De wood's in de kitchen. De hoss's in de shed. You liddle Niggers Had better go to bed.
* BUCK-EYED RABBIT! WHOOPEE!
Dat Squir'l, he's a cunnin' thing; He tote a bushy tail. He jes lug off Uncle Sambo's co'n, An' heart it on a rail.
Dat Squir'l, he's a cunnin' thing; An' so is ole Jedge B'ar. Br'er Rabbit's gone an' los' his tail 'Cep' a liddle bunch of ha'r.
Buckeyed Rabbit! Whoopee! Buckeyed Rabbit! Ho! Buckeyed Rabbit! Whoopee! Squir'l's got a long way to go.
* The explanation of this rhyme is found in the Study in Negro Folk Rhymes.
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