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
TOO MUCH WATERMELON
Dere wus a great big watermillion growin' on de
vine. Dere wus a liddle ugly Nigger watchin' all de time. An' w'en dat great big watermillion lay ripenin' in
de sun, An' de stripes along its purty skin wus comin' one
by one, Dat ugly Nigger pulled it off an' toted it away, An' he e't dat great big watermillion all in one
single day. He e't de rinds, an' red meat too, he finish it all
trim; An' den,ódat great big watermillion up an' flnish
him.
BUTTERFLY
Pretty liddle butterfly, yaller as de gold, My sweet liddle butterfly, you sho' is mighty bold. You can dance out in de sun, you can fly up high, But you know I'se bound to git you, yet, my liddle butterfly.
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