Sung by Bessie Atchley Green Forest, Arkansas July 7, 1960
Reel 388, Item 5
Sleep Kentucky Babe
Skeeters am a hummin', 'round the honey suckle vine, Sleep, Kentucky babe
Sandman am a comin' to dis little coon o'mine,
Sleep, Kentucky babe.
Silber moon am shinin' in de heabens up above Bob-o-links am pinin'fo'dis little lady love.
Yo' is mighty lucky, babe of ol'Kentucky Close yo' eyes in sleep.
Fly away - fly away, Kentucky babe Fly away to rest - fly away Lay yo' kinky woolly head On yo' mammy's breast
M- M- M- M- Fly away to rest.
Daddy's in the canebrake, with his little dog and gun, Sleep, Kentucky bale.
'Possum fo' yo' breakfas' when yo' sleepin' time is done. Sleep, Kentucky babe
Boogy-man 'ill get yo' sho's unless yo' close yo' eyes. Waitin' jus' outside the do', to take yo' by surprise. Best yo' keep in shady, little colo'ed lady Close yo' eyes in sleep. -
Collected by M.C. Parler Transcribed by Bessie Atchley
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