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Plantation Pieces, Camp Meeting Songr
BALM OF GILEAD
Can you imagine a cabin small Without a kitchen or a hall ? And baking in a possum pan; A possum in the possum land; And gathered round it with their croons With eyes as big and bright as moons, A bunch of grinning pickaninnies— Hannahs, Chloes, Dinahs, Minnies; And then the mutual exclamation Half in phrensy and elation, Golly see that possum Iliad That am suah a balm of Gilead.
THE ALLIGATOR
Whenever you see a nigger
With a little mouth, Running north
And running south, And with a cavern
Like an extinct crater, That isn't a nigger
That's an alligator.
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