ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

A Collection Of Negro Traditional & Folk Songs with Sheet Music Lyrics & Commentaries - online book

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS RUN, NIGGER, RUN
run fru de pas - ter; White man run, but nig - ger run fast - er.
Run, nigger run; de patter-roller catch you; Run, nigger, run, it's almost day. Run, nigger, run, de patter-roller catch you; Run, nigger, run, and try to get away.
Dis nigger run, he run his best, Stuck his head in a hornet's nest, Jumped de fence and run fru de paster; White man run, but nigger run faster.
Various versions of the nigger and his necessitous race are given by different persons; as the following from Mrs. Charles Carroll, of Louisiana, who learned it from her grandmother, who had learned it from the slaves on her plantation:
Run, nigger, run,
The patter-roller'll catch you;
Run, nigger, run,
It's almost day.
Dat nigger run, Dat nigger flew, Dat nigger lost His Sunday shoe.