ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
De raccoon's tail am very long,
De possum's tail am bare. De rabbit got no tail at all
'Cept a little bitty bunch of hair.
The raccoon, he of the long or bushy or ringed tail, according to the "songster/' and the possum of the wily ways, are celebrated to­gether in many versions of another old song. One specimen was given by Mary Stevenson Callcott, who took down the music from the singing of Lucy Hicks, who wrote down the words. I have pre­served the quaint spelling as she put it down.
The title is Karo Song. Cuero (pronounced cwaro) is a town in Texas, and this represents a type of local song, though the set­ting has nothing especial to do with the song, appearing only in the title.
KARO SONG
Possum up a simen tree, Racacoon on de ground;
The Rackcoon say, you cuning thing Oh, shake them simens down.
Chorus
Oh, here my true love weeping.
Oh, here my true love sigh; I was gwining down to Karo town,
Down there to live and die.







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