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DANCE-SONGS OR REELS
105
Jim A-long, Josey
O, I'se from Louisiana, as you all know, Dar whar Jim a-long, Josey's all de go. De niggers all rise when de bell do ring, And dis is de song dat dey do sing:
Chorus Hey, get a-long, get a-long, Josey, Hey, get a-long, Jim a-long, Jo I Hey, get a-long, get a-long, Josey, Hey, get a-long, Jim a-long, Jo!
My sister Rose de udder night did dream Dat she was floating down de stream, When she woke up she 'gin to cry, And de white cat picked out de black cat's eye.
Chorus Away down south, a long ways off, A bullfrog died wid de whooping-cough, And t'other side of Mississippi, as you know, Was whar I was called fust Jim a-long, Jo.
Chorus
O, when I gets dat new coat dat I hopes to hab soon, I'll walk my gal by de light of de moon; As I walks up and down de road wid my Susanna, De white folks gwine take me to be Santa Anna.
Chorus
The reference to Santa Anna seems to establish a fair antiquity for the song.
We find reference to this old song and dance in a dance-song given me by Mr. W. R. Boyd, Jr. This is danced like a Virginia reel.
HOLD MY MULE
Hold my mule while I dance Josey, Hold my mule while I dance Josey, Hold my mule while I dance Josey Oh, Miss Susan Brown.







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