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188              NEGRO DIALECT VERSES
If I could live just as long as old Methusaloo, What do you think that I would sorter try to do ? Do everybody, an' hoodoo de Spanish, too, Oh, no, sinner man.
I wouldn' go a'soldierin' an' fightin' like a zoo-zoo;
An' I wouldn' be a black cat, an' lookin' like a hoo-hoo,
But I'd be so mighty good an' old, dey couldn' call me too new,
Oh, no, sinner man.
Run here, mer pickaninny, Doan yo' heah yo' mammy callin' ?
De sun am er sinkin' An' de shadders is er crawlin' Way f'um de thicket, an' old man B'ar
Is er hidin' an' er waitin' Fur to cotch yo' dar. Yo' daddy's gone er huntin',
En he tuck dat sack, So I speck he bring some chickin'
When he come er trottin' back.