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
BRAG AND BOAST
Brag is a big dog; But Hold Fast, he is better. Dem big black rough hands, Dey cain't write no letter.
Boast, he barks an' growls loud; But Bulger, he hain't no shirker. Dat big loud mouf Nigger, He hain't never no worker.
SELF-CONTROL
Befo' you says dat ugly word, You stop an' count ten. Den if you wants to say dat word, Begin an' count again.
Don't have a tongue tied in de middle, An' loose frum en' to en'. You mus' think twice, den speak once; Dat * donkey cain't count ten.
* The somewhat less dignified term was more commonly used.
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