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
PAYING DEBTS WITH KICKS
I OWES yo' daddy a peck o' peas. I'se gwineter pay it wid my knees. I owes yo' mammy a pound o' meat; An' I'se gwineter pay dat wid my feet. Now, if I owes 'em somethin' mo'; You come right back an' let me know. Please say to dem ('fore I fergets) I never fails to pay my debts.
GETTING TEN NEGRO BOYS TOGETHER
One liddle Nigger boy whistle an' stew, He whistle up anudder Nigger an' dat make two. Two liddle Nigger boys shuck de apple tree, Down fall anudder Nigger, an' dat make three. Three liddle Nigger boys, a-wantin' one more, Never has no trouble a-gittin' up four. Four liddle Nigger boys, dey cain't drive. Dey hire a Nigger hack boy, an' dat make five. Five liddle Niggers, bein' calcullated men, Call anudder Nigger 'piece an' dat make ten.
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