Christy's Plantation Melodies

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44             Christy's plantation melodies.
Why, what is that he eat ? The darkey swallowed a
frog! Eating berries on a log—eating berries on a log—
Oh, how the dark' did swill 'em! The way he lam'd 'em in, the way he lam'd 'em in,
Two cart-laads couldn't fill 'em. Oh, there was fun, ha! ha!—oh, the Lawks!
UncIe Gabriel, the Darkey General.
Oh, my boys, I'm bound to tell you;
Oh! oh! Listen awhile, and I will tell you;
Oh! oh! I'll tell you little 'bout Uncle Gabriel; Oh, bo}7s, I've just begun. Hard times in old Virginny.
Oh, don't you know old Uncle Gabriel ?
Oh! oh! Oh, he was a darkey General,
Oh! oh! He was the Chief of the Insurgents, Way down in Southampton. Hard times in old Virginny.
It was a little boy betrayed him,
Oh! oh! A little boy by the name of Daniel,
Oh! oh! Betrayed him at the Norfolk landing; Oh, boys, I'm getting done. Hard times in old Virginny.
Says he, How d'ye do, my Uncle Gabriel ?
Oh! oh! I am not your Uncle Gabriel,
Oh! oh! My name it is Jim McCullen; Some, they calls me Archey Mullin. Hard times in old Virginny.