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NEGRO BALLADS
91
"From the refrain I am inclined to connect this version with that once widely sung ditty:
" Funniest thing that ever I seen, Was a tom-cat stitchin' on a sewin' machine! Oho, my baby, take a-one on me I
" Sewed so easy and he sewed so slow, Took ninety-nine stitches on the tom-cat's toe. Oho, my baby, take a-one on me!
"The above words were subject to much juggling, and I am sure that many different words could be found, but I doubt if any would pass the censor save the two stanzas that I have given. The tune to the tom-cat song is slightly different from that of the regular Hop-Joint, and the refrain, or chorus, of so many of the songs will differ some­what.
"Here are more stanzas to The Hop-Joint, 'Refined edition!'
" Went up to the courthouse, My pistol in my hand; Says to the sheriff, * I'ma guilty man!' Oh, my baby, why don't you come home?
" The judge he struck sentence, The jury they hung. ' Gimme ninety-nine years, judge, For that awful crime I done!' Oh, my baby, why don't you come homer
"Dr. Shaw sings the refrain,
"Looking for my little baby, Honey, why don't you come home? "
A ballad recounting the adventures of another colored bravo with a reckless gun is Stagolee. We may note how vivid (in the Negro's







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