ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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The second Titanic song follows on the heels of the first, on page 307:
Come, all you people, ef you want to know
Something dat happened not so long ago,
I guess yo' heard bout dat mister ee,
Bout de Titanic sankin' in de deep, blue sea.
Dey was people on dat ship
Had Elgin movement in dey hip.
Captain Smith had de worry-blues.
I got de Titanic movement in my hip,
Wid a twenty-year guarantee.
I ain't good-lookin' an' I don't dress fine,
But I angles in my hips, an' I'm goin' to take my time!
Another interesting song is a rare Negro version of "Bachelor's Hall" (page 165).
When boys fust go acourtin',
Dey dress up so fine. To fool all de pore gals
Is all dat dey design. Go tittlin' an tattlin1
An tellin' dem lies To keep up de pore gals
Till (ley's ready to die.
When gals fust get married,
Deir pleasures is done, But deir grief an' deir sorrows
Is scarcely begun. Deir chtllun to bawl,
Deir husbaris to scold, A n den deir pretty faces
Gits withered an' old.
Oh, when I was single
I libed at my ease, But now I am married,
I got a husban' to please! I'm washin' my chillun
An puttin' dem to bed, Wid my husban" a-scoldin' me
An mshin* I was dead!
From the evidence of On The 7 mil of Negro Folk-Songs, Dorothy Scarborough must have been a voluminous letter writer, Many
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