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DANCE-SONGS OR REELS
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" Rise, ole Napper, ketch him, ketch him. Rise, ole Napper, ketch him by de wool.
"This bit of song was sung some seventy years ago."
Another ancient fragment given by Katherine Love, of Virginia, whose grandmother learned it from the slaves on her plantation, mentions the jawbone.
I went to old Napper's house,
Old Napper was n't at home.
I took my seat by the pretty yaller gal
And I picked upon the old jawbone.
Refrain Oh, Susanna, don't you cry for me. I'm jus' from Alabama with my banjo on my knee.
Dr. John A. Wyeth sang for me an old bit of song about the jaw­bone:
De jawbone walk,
And de jawbone talk,
And de jawbone eat
Wid a knife and fork.
I lef' my jawbone on de fence,
An' I ain't seed dot jawbone sence.
The jawbone is mentioned in an old song sent by Joseph Turner, of Hollins, Virginia. Ruth Hibbard wrote down the music for this also.
Dweley
Me and DWeley standing in the rain, Dweley,
Me and Dweley standing in the rain, Dweley, Eeeooo!
Me and Dweley standing in the rain,
Some folks say we was insane, Dweley!
Git up son, done sleeper too late dis mornm'!
Git up, son, done sleeper too late dis mornin', Eeeooo!
Git up son, done sleeper too late,
Crawfish man done pass your gate, dis mornin'!
What do you reckon de lighternin' done dis mornin'? What you reckon de nghternin' done dis mornin', Eeeooo? What you reckon de Hghternin' done? It come to my house and killed my son dis mornin' I
Jawbone hangin' on de fence dis mornin', Jawbone hangin' on de fence dis mornin', Eeeooo! Jawbone hangin' on de fence And I ain't seen my jawbone since dis mornin'!







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