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
HOW TO PLANT AND CULTIVATE
SEEDS
Plant: One fer de blackbird Two fer de crow, Three fer de jaybird An' fo' fer to grow.
Den: When you goes to wuk, Don't never stand still; When you pull de grass, Pull it out'n de hill.
A MAN OF WORDS
A man o' words an' not o' deeds, Is lak a gyarden full o' weeds. De weeds 'gin to grow Lak a gyarden full o' snow. De snow 'gin to fly Lak a eagle in de sky. De sky 'gin to roar Lak a hammer on yo' door. De door 'gin to crack Lak a hick'ry on yo' back.
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