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104                         NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
Miss Jean Feild reports a variant.
Jawbone walk and a jawbone talk, Jawbone eat with a knife and fork. Lef ma jawbone in de cawnah ob de fence, An* I hab not seen ma jawbone sence.
Lula gal, Lula gal, Lula gal, Lula gal, Tie ma shoe, boy, tie ma shoe. Tie ma shoe, boy, tie ma shoe.
This gruesome instrument, whose crude music livened many a country dance, is mentioned in various songs. The versatile darky, deprived of instruments that others use, could contrive his own, which gave him vast pleasure though they could not satisfy his music-loving soul.
Other instruments were bones held between the different ringers of one hand and rattled with gay lugubriousness. Then, lacking any­thing else, a Negro could draw wailful music from a comb covered with tissue paper, which he used as a mouth instrument. These were used until recently — and may still be found, as I have often heard music of bones and comb.
A well-known dance-song of the old times was Josey or JimA-long, Josey, which I have often heard my mother sing. My cousin, Mrs. E. H. Ratchliffe, of Natchez, Mississippi, also gave me a part of the version given below.

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