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
DRINKING RAZOR SOUP
He's been drinkin' razzer soup; Dat sharp Nigger, black lak ink. If he don't watch dat tongue o' his, Somebody'll hurt 'im 'for' he think.
He cain't drive de pigeons t' roost, Dough he talk so big an' smart. Hain't got de sense to tole 'em in. Cain't more 'an drive dat ole mule chyart.
OLD MAN KNOW-ALL
Ole man Know-All, he come 'round Wid his nose in de air, turned 'way frum de ground. His ole woolly head hain't been combed fer a week; It say: "Keep still, while Know-All speak."
Ole man Know-All's tongue, it run ; He jes know'd ev'rything under de sun. When you knowed one thing, he knowed mo'. He 'us sharp 'nough to stick an' green 'nough to grow.
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