ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
01' Marster, an' ol' Mistis, I'm er reskin' my life Tryin' to win this great fortune for you an' your wife.
Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose? Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose? Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose?
01' Skewball was a gray hoss, oP Molly was brown; 01' Skewball outrun Molly on the very fust go-round.
Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose? Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose? Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose?
My hosses is hongry an' they will not eat hay,
So I'll drive on a piece further, an' I'll feed on the way.
Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose? Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose? Oh, was n't I lucky not to lose?
Doubtless a definite search for this sort of material would show a number of other traditional ballads surviving among the Negroes of the various southern states, especially those of an older civilization. It is an investigation that should be made soon, however, for the old songs are being crowded out of existence by the popularity of phono­graphs and the radio, which start the Negroes singing other types of song, to the exclusion of the fine old ballads and their own folk-songs. This research might form the basis for an extremely interesting and scholarly piece of work, which would have sociological as well as literary value.