Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

A detailed study of Negro folk music, includes lyrics & sheet music samples.

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Mud turkle settin' one de end o' dat log; Sing fer de tadpole a-turnin' to a frog, Sing to Br'er B'ar a-pullin' lak a mule, Sing to Br'er Tearpin a-makin' 'im a fool:
"Oh, Br'er Rabbit! Yo' eyes mighty big!" "Yes, Br'er Turkle! Dey're made fer
to see." "Oh, Br'er Tearpin! Yo' house mighty
cu'ous!" "Yes, Br'er Turkle, but it jest suits me."
"Oh, Br'er B'ar! You pulls mighty stout." "Yes, Br'er Turkle! Dat's right smart
said!" "Right, Br'er B'ar! Dat sounds bully
good, But you'd oughter git a liddle mo' pull
in de head."
De raccoon an' de 'possum Under de hill a-fightin'; Rabbit almos' bust his sides Laughin' at de bitin'.

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