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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Woncha 'low me a chance, suh?
Bully, low down yo britches j
Put it off no longer j
The bully went to holPin* j
An' de cap'n hollered, "Hold him"}
Cancha hear th5 bully squallin'?
Cancha hear th' bully screamin'?
Oh, I better git to rollin'j
Oh, my bladyj
My blady's on firej *
Jes' a-rockin' in de timber}
It's a-burnm* down, suh.
Allen Prothro from Chattanooga, Tennessee, sang "Jumpin' Judy." The only definition we heard last summer of the peculiar adjective "jumping" as applied to the Julie or Judy, who is famous throughout Southern prison camps, is the way men work when driven in the fields by an angry captain. For aJFurther reference see stanza 13 of the "Tie Tamping Chant."
* Ax-blade, moving fast.

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