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NEGRO BALLADS 67
One day he went to get his hat and coat
And neither one was there. For she had swallowed both . . .
He took her to the tailor shop To have her mouth made small;
The lady took in one big breath And swallowed tailor and all.
A variant is given by Miss Emilia Walter, of Charleston, South Carolina. She says that this was sung to the banjo and guitar and used often as a serenade. This has a chorus, which was lacking in the other.
Ol' Mars'r Had a Pretty Yaller Gal
OF Mars'r had a pretty yaller gal,
He brought her fum de Souf; Her hair it curled so berry tight
She could n't shut her mouf.
Way down in Mississippi
Where de gals dey are so pretty,
W'at a happy time, way down in old Car'line!
Dis darky fell in love
Wid a han'some yaller Dinah.
Higho — higho — higho!
Louise Laurens of Shelbyville, Kentucky, contributes a version with a different chorus.
Massa Had a Yaller Gal
Massa had a yaller gal;
He brought her from de South; Her hair it curled so very tight
She could n't shut her mouth.
Oh, I ain't got time to tarry, Oh, I ain't got time to tarry, An' I ain't got time to tarry, boys, For I'se gwine away.