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LULLABIES
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All the ponies in the lot Belong to Mammy's little baby! Black and bay, White and gray, All belong to Mammy's baby.
Go to sleep, little baby, Go to sleep, little baby! When you wake, You shall have a little cake, And all the pretty little ponies! Hushaby, and don't you cry, Go to sleep, little baby! Black and bay, White and gray, All belong to Mammy's baby!
Mrs. Miller, of Louisiana, gave me a version which she had heard sung in her childhood by the Negroes on a Mississippi plantation.
Go to sleep, little baby. Daddy run away, An' lef nobody with the baby!
Daddy an' Mammy went down town To see their pretty little horses. All the horses in that stable Belong to this little baby!
Mrs. Cammilla Breazeale sends a version given her by a Negro woman, who said that it was a "baby" song. This is an interesting combination of the lullaby given above and another more gruesome one, which is yet sung in various places.
Go to sleep, little baby, When you wake You shall have All the mulies in the stable. Buzzards and flies Picking out its eyes, Pore little baby crying, Mamma, mamma!
Mrs. D. M. Diggs, formerly of Lynchburg, Virginia, gave the fol­lowing song, which is an old lullaby, one that Negro mammies sang to the children, and which has come down for generations in Vir­ginia.







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