Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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(Banjo Picker) "Bill's got it wropped 'round his ole sore leg."
(Fiddler) "Well, take it down to de gum spring an' give it a cold wa­ter rench; I 'spizes nastness any­way. I'se got to have a clean cloth fer de milk."
He don't lak whisky but he jest drinks
a can. Honey! I'd druther be a Nigger dan
a po' white man.
I'd druther be a Nigger, an' plow ole
Beck Dan a white * Hill Billy wid his long
red neck.
Sam got up one mornin'
A mighty big fros'.
Saw "A louse, in de huntin'
camp As big as any hoss!"
* Names applied by Negroes to the poorer class of white people in the South.