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
MY BABY
I'se de daddy of dis liddle black baby. He's his mammy's onliest sweetest liddle Coon. Got de look on de forehead lak his daddy, Pretty eyes jes as big as de moon.
I'se de daddy of dis liddle black baby. Yes, his mammy keep de "Sugar" rollin' over. She feed him wid a tin cup an' a spoon; An' he kick lak a pony eatin' clover.
A RACE-STARTER'S RHYME
One fer de money! Two fer de show! Three to git ready, An' four fer to go!
NESTING
De jaybird build on a swingin' lim', De sparrow in de gyardin; Dat ole gray goose in de panel o' de fence, An' de gander on de t'other side o' Jordan.
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