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Our Singing Country
Leader and Gang Have to tamf 'em up solid, Have to tamf 'em kinda slow.
Jack the Rabbity Jack the Bear, Caincha move it, just a hair}
Sis Joe, don't you hear me now? Sis Joe, don't you hear me now?
Foreman Now, you'll have to put your guns on your shoulders an' come by me, An' come in a hurry, Come trottin', Come laughin',
Come like you gonna get paid for it, Get a move on you,
An' go by the water tank and get you some water. Git your linin' bars an' git your backbreakin' holts, Throw it north.
Leader and Gang
In the mornin* when you rise, Pick and shevil by your side.
In the mornir? when you rise, Got a fain in your side.
Foreman Now, boys, put yo' guns on yo' shoulders an' get back in the shade.
<*. No. 1589. Ace. on banjo and sung- by Jametf Mullins, Florress, Ky., 1937. See Od.2, pp. 102 ff.j Sh, 2:42; Lo.2, p. 20; PTFLSy No. 5, p. 168.
In eastern Kentucky, this song is said to have been made up when the L. & N. Railroad was pushed through the mountains, and local opinion is divided as to whether the "composin"' was done by whites, Negroes, or both. Mention of John Henry in many versions and its close textual and melodic connection with other Negro work songs, however, indicates its

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