American Old Time Song Lyrics: 56 Look Out Par Down Below

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 56

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Copyright, 1897, by Wm. B. Gray & Co.
Words and music by Williams & Walker.

Come here, Little children, and I am gwine to tell to you,
'Bout a story dat am very, very true,
It was just along in possum time, when all de colored folks were trying
To lay up fat and bacon 'gainst de storm.
I had a possum up de tree, and de way dat rascal grinned at me,
You could tell dat he knew trouble was around;
But when I got up in de tree, I made a grave mistake, you see,
And sawed de limb between de tree and me.

I hollered "Look out dar down below,"
Fo' something got to drop, you know;
But I never least suspected,
Dat I'd been the one selected,
But I found out Boon's de limb let go.
When I woke and looked around, I found myself upon de ground,
And de possum scamp'ring to another tree:
Dat my feeling was distressed, dey can hardly be expressed,
I felt just like a chicken fricassee;
Now, children, dat will show to you, a maxim dat am always true,
To always look around before you leap:
Or else you find yourself, you see, just like de possum, tree and me,
And land down at de bottom in a heap. - Chorus.
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