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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
I'd like to make dat gal my wife, Gal my wife, gal my wife. I'd be happy all my life If I had her by me.
Chorus
Mr. W. R. Boyd, of Teague, Texas, sent me the following old song, sung at dances by the slaves on the plantation before the war:
I rock from Selma, ting tang, I'm a Georgia ruler, ting tang, I'se a Mobile gentleman, Susie-annah, Loan me de gourd to drink wa-a-terl
Chorus Den all back-shuffle and clap yo' hands; All back-shuffle and clap yo' hands; All back-shuffle and clap yo' hands, Oh, Miss Susie-annah I
Come shuffle up, ladies, ting tang,
Oh, Miss Williams, ting tang,
Miss Williams is a-beatin' yo', Susie-annah;
Loan me dat gourd to drink wa-a-ter!
Chorus
This could be varied to suit the native places of the masculine dancers and singers and the names of the feminine.
W. R. Boyd, Jr., now of New York, contributed another old song, the dance to which it was sung being like a Virginia reel.
IN SOME LADY'S GARDEN







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