ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
25
MOST DONE LING'RIN' HERE
Run, nigger, run,
The patter-roller'll catch you;
Run, nigger, run,
And try to get away.
My sister, Mrs. George Scarborough, remembers the escaping darky as having lost his "wedding shoe" instead of merely his Sunday one, which, of course, made the calamity still greater. W. R. Boyd, Jr., insists that
Dat nigger run, Dat nigger flew, Dat nigger tore His shirt in two.
I learned an African chant from an old Negro woman in Waco, Texas, who had heard it in her childhood. Her grandmother had got it from an old man who had been brought from Africa as a slave. The woman who sang it for me could explain nothing of what the words meant or how they should be spelled. It seems to be a combination of African and English. The air recalls the beating of tom-toms in African jungles.