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NEGRO FOLK RHYMES
BABY WANTS CHERRIES
De cherries, dey're red; de cherries, dey're ripe; An' de baby it want one.
De cherries, dey're hard; de cherries, dey're sour; An' de baby cain't git none.
Jes look at dat bird in de cherry tree! He's pickin' 'em one by one! He's shakin' his bill, he's gittin' it fill', An' down dat th'oat dey run!
Nev' mind! Bye an' bye dat bird's gwineter fly, An' mammy's gwineter make dat pie. She'll give you a few, fer de baby cain't chew, An' de Pickaninny sholy won't cry.
A PRETTY PAIR OF CHICKENS
Dat box-legged rooster, an' dat bow-legged hen Make a mighty pretty couple, not to be no kin. Dey's jes lak some Niggers wearin' white folks ole
britches, Dey thinks dey's lookin' fine, w'en dey needs lots of