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CHILDREN'S GAME-SONGS
141
Do, do, pity my case,
In some lady's garden. My floors to scrub when I get home,
In some lady's garden.
And so on the singers and players bewailing the tasks they must perform, of baking bread, and so forth.
Mr. Newell says: "Our informant remembers the game as danced by Negro children, their scanty garments flying as the ring spun about the trunk of some large tree but this is evidently no Negro song."
A game-song used by Negro children in Louisiana was sent me by Mrs. Cammilla Breazeale, of Natchitoches. The actions sung of are represented by gesture as far as possible.
Little Girl
"Little girl, little girl,"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did you go over the river?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did you see my hen?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did she lay an egg?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did you take it to yer mamma?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did she make it inter corn pone?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Wid jest dat egg? "
"Yes, ma'am." "Did she give you some?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Oh, how'd you like it?"
"Oh, very well."
"Little girl, Httle girl,"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did you go over the river?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did you see my cow?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did you milk her down?"
"Yes, ma'am." "Did you put it in a bucket?"
"Yes, ma'am."







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