ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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NEGRO BALLADS
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sity, says that her father was accustomed to use the first stanza as a "waking-up" song for his children, and that she hated to hear the strains of Old Jesse start up, especially on a morning like that de­scribed in the initial stanza.
OLD JESSE ■
One cold an' frosty mornin'
Just as de sun did riz, De possum roared, de raccoon howled,
'Cause he begun to friz. He drew hisse'f up in a knot Wid his knees up to his chin, An' ev'rything had to cFar de track, When he stretched out agin.
Chorus
Old Jesse was a gemman, Among de olden times.
Nigger never went to free school,
Nor any odder college, An' all de white folks wonder whar
Dat nigger got his knowledge.