Collected by Gladys McChristian
For Mary C. Parler
Transcribed by Frances Majors
Sung by Gladys McChristian
July 16, 1958
Reel 246, Item 1
Happy Little Nigger
I'm a happy little nigger
All the way from Alabam,
Where I've hoed in the cotton and the cane;
Oh, the white folks they'll miss me
When they call for little Sam
But I never expect to go back there again.
Bonnie wants to go, come on with me,
The possum he is fine, very fine;
Give me, oh, give me that only wish of mine,
That watermelon smiling on the vine.
Oh, I left my oldest brother
For to take care of my mother
For I'm bound to leave that fair and happy clime;
Oh, the white folks they saw me
And they shot me through the fence,
But I didn't leave that melon on the vine.
I left in the night
When the moon was shining bright,
And I didn't leave that melon on the vine.
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