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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
That's a mighty purty motion,
Susie gal! That's a mighty purty motion,
Susie gal! In dat Lady's garden!
A writer under the pen name of Virginia Stait sends me a couple of game-songs from Virginia, which friends had given her with the assurance that they dated back to ante-bellum days.
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Lipto, lipto, jine de ring, Lip to, lipto, dance an' sing; Dance an' sing, an' laugh an' play, Fur dis is now a holiday. Turn aroun' an' roun' an' roun', Clap yo' han's, an' make 'em soun'; Bow yo' heads, an' bow 'em low, All jine han's, an' heah we go.
Lipto, lipto fi-yi-yi,
Lipto, lipto, heah am I,
Er holdm' uv dis golden crown,
An' I choose my gal fur ter dance me down.
Lipto, lipto, jine de ring, Lipto, lipto, dance an' sing; Dance an' sing, an' laugh an' play, Fur dis is now a holiday. Turn aroun' an' roun' an roun', Clap yo' han's, an' make 'em soun'; Bow yo' heads, an' bow 'em low; All jine han's, an' heah we go.
Lipto, lipto fi-yi-yi,
Lipto, lipto, heah am I,
Er holdin' uv dis golden crown,
An' I choose my man fur ter dance me down.
Louise Clarke Pyrnelle, in her book, "Diddy, Dumps and Tot," which describes child life on a plantation before the war, gives this as an authentic ante-bellum song. The game which it accompanied dramatized the various actions spoken of in the lines. The "gal" chosen must dance with the youth till one or the other "broke down," after which the girl chose a man by the same music.
Another song sent by the same contributor is typically negro. It also appears in much the same form in "Diddy, Dumps and Tot."







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