ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
W. R. Boyd, Jr., formerly of Teague, Texas, gave part of a differ­ent version, to which various Texans in New York added stanzas.
Rabbit skipped de garden gate,
'Tain't gwine rain no mo'; Picked a pea and pulled his freight,
'T ain't gwine rain no mo'.
Chorus
Oh, ladies!
'T ain't gwine rain no mo';
'T ain't gwine to sleet, 't ain't gwine snow,
'T ain't gwine rain no mo'.
Rabbit et a turnip top,
'T ain't gwine rain no mo'; He went off a-hippity-hop,
'T ain't gwine rain no mo'.
Chorus
Rabbit hiding behind a pine,
'T ain't gwine rain no mo'; Had one eye shut an' t'other eye blind,
'T ain't gwine rain no mo'.
Chorus
Bake them biscuits good and brown,
'T ain't gwine rain no mo'; Swing yo' ladies round and round,
'T ain't gwine rain no mo'.
Chorus
One can hear the scrape of the lively fiddle playing the tune and the fiddler's voice singing the song, as the couples go through the spirited dance. The leader starts the song and all present join in, so there is communal singing as well as dancing — perhaps a fashion too strenuous for weary city-folk, but enjoyed by rustic dancers. Other variants to this are known in Texas.
Thereis an old song reported from various states, under several names with differing choruses, but a lively memory with many people. This version was given by Lucy Dickinson Urquhart, of Lynchburg, Virginia, contributed through the kindness of Lois Upshaw, of Dallas, Texas, who wrote down the music.







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