Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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

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Now I is a great big boy, An' Mammy, she cain't do it; My daddy gits a great big stick, An' pulls me right down to it.
Dey say: "No breakin' dishes now; No stealin' an' no lies." An' since I is a great big boy, Dey 'spects me to act wise.
Bat! Bat! Come un'er my hat, An' I'll give 3^ou a slish o' bacon. But don't bring none yo' ole bedbugs, If you don't want to git fersaken.
Randsome Tantsome!—Gwine to de Fair? Randsome Tantsome!—Wat you gwineter wear ? "Dem shoes an' stockin's I'se bound to wear!" Randsome Tantsome a-gwine to de Fair.
*A superstition that it is good luck to catch a bat in one's hat if he doesn't get bedbugs by so doing.