Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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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.
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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