ON THE TRAIL OF NEGRO FOLK-SONGS

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NEGRO FOLK-SONGS
chorus, which may take the refrain of a religious song, as in one given me in Texas, or of a familiar dance-song. The raccoon and possum song, as reported by one collector, has a chorus found in various camp-meeting songs:
Po' Motjrnah!
Po' mournah, you shall be free, In de mawnin', you shall be free, Bress God, you shall be free, When de good Lawd sets you free.
The same stanza appears with the chorus of an old dance-song, Oh, dem Golden Slippers, which is not strictly speaking a folk-song, though many consider it such, and its author has been said to be a Negro.
RACCOON UP IN DE 'SIMMON TREE
Raccoon up in de 'simmon tree,
Possum on de ground; Possum say to de raccoon,
"Won't you shake dem 'simmons down?"
Chorus
Oh, dem golden slippers!
Oh, dem golden slippers I
Golden slippers I 'se gwine to wear
Became dey look so neat.
Oh, dem golden slippers!
Oh, dem golden slippers!
Golden slippers I'se gwine to wear
To walk de golden street.
Mrs. C. E. Railing, formerly of Richmond, gives a fragment,
De Raccoon up de 'simmon tree,
De Possum on de ground. De Raccoon up de 'simmon tree,
" Shake dem Simmons down."







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