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
ARE YOU CAREFUL?
Is you keerful; w'en you goes down de street, To see dat yo' cloze looks nice an' neat? Does you watch yo' liddle step 'long de way, An' think 'bout dem words dat you say?
RABBIT HASH
Dere wus a big ole rabbit Dat had a mighty habit A-settin' in my gyardin, An' eatin' all my cabbitch. I hit 'im wid a mallet, I tapped 'im wid a maul. Sich anudder rabbit hash, You's never tasted 'tall.
WHY THE WOODPECKER'S HEAD IS
RED
Bill Dillix say to dat woodpecker bird: "Wat makes yo' topknot red?" Says he: "I'se picked in de red-hot sun, Till it's done burnt my head."
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