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CHILDREN'S GAME-SONGS                      133
Monkey Motions
I ac' monkey motions, too-re-loo, I ac' monkey motions, so I do; I ac' 'em well an' dat's a fac' — I ac' jes' like de monkeys ac'.
I ac' gen'man motions, too-re-loo, I ac' gen'man motions, so I do; I ac' 'em well an' dat's a fac' — I ac' jes' like de gen'mans ac'.
I ac' lady motions, too-re-loo, I ac' lady motions, so I do; I ac' 'em well an' dat's a fac' — I ac' jes' like de ladies ac'.
I ac' chillun motions too-re-loo, I ac' chillun motions, so I do; I ac' 'em well an' dat's a fac' — I ac' jes' like de chillun ac'.
I ac' preacher motions, too-re-loo, I ac' preacher motions, so I do; I ac' 'em well an' dat's a fac' — I ac' jes' like de preachers ac'.
I ac' nigger motions, too-re-loo, I ac' nigger motions, so I do; I ac' 'em well an' dat's a fac' — I ac' jes' like de niggers ac'.
Mrs. Clarke Pyrnelle says that the leader would give dramatic illustration of the "motions" sung of, improvising according to his own whim, and seeking to entertain the crowd.
John Trotwood Moore, Librarian of the State Library of Ten­nessee, and author of many stories, poems, and novels depicting the Negro of former days as well as the present, gave a song which he said was used by the young Negroes in Alabama years ago. Mr. Moore said that it was his observation that the black Negroes, of pure African blood, were the ones who sang the folk-songs. The yellow ones, mulattoes or quadroons, cared less for folk-lore or song.
Dog in the wood, Barking at the squirrel; My true love Is as good as the worl'.







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