Collected by W. T. Dethero
Mary Celestia Parler; Batesville
Transcribed by April 12, 1955
Reel 227, Item 14
Old Zippy Coon
Way down South Lou Tesky had a nigger
Big as this child, perhaps a little bigger,
Old Zippy Coon the folks do call him,
If I ever run across him I mean for to maul him.
I started out early one morning coonin',
Hadn't went fer till I seen Old Zip comin',
Pulled up my coat, laid down my ammunition,
Say, Colonel Pompey, I'll cool your ambition.
We fought there for about a half a day,
Until we thought it was about time to quit it.
Looked around for our head and, gosh, they was missin'
He'd bit off my head and I'd swallowed his'n.
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