ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
In Some Lady's Garden
Oh, somebody come and let me out of here.
I'se in some lady's garden. I'll roll like a log if you let me out of here.
I'se in some lady's garden.
Oh, somebody come and let me out of here,
I'se in some lady's garden. I'll pant like a lizard if you let me out of here.
I'se in some lady's garden.
Oh, somebody come and let me out of here.
I'se in some lady's garden. I'll run like a rabbit if you let me out of here.
I'se in some lady's garden.
Oh, somebody come and let me out of here.
I'se in some lady's garden. I'll kick like a donkey if you let me out of here.
I'se in some lady's garden.
There are endless variants for this, the actions of all imaginable natural-history specimens being offered as reward for release from the garden.
A song given by William Wells Newell in his " Games and Songs of American Children" (published by Harper and Brothers in 1884), as sung by Negro children, is evidently akin to these.
DO, DO, PITY MY CASE
Do, do, pity my case,
In some lady's garden. My clothes to wash when I get home,
In some lady's garden.
Do, do, pity my case,
In some lady's garden. My clothes to iron when I get home,
In some lady's garden.







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