Collected by Irene Carlisle
Transcribed by Mary C. Parler
Bethel Grove, Arkansas
March 11, 1951
Reel 101, Item 3
Walkin', a-walkin', a-walkin', I say;
Walkin' in de parlor to hear de banjo play;
Walkin' in de parlor to hear de banjo ring;
See de nigger's fingers as he hits 'em on de strings.
Just from old Virginia with a head full of knowledge,
Never went to free school or any other college;
One thing I can tell you, it a certain fack,
How the world was made in a twinkle and a crack.
The earth was made in six days, and then they made the sky;
Then they hung it overhead and left it there to dry;
Then they made the stars out of nigger wenches eyes,
To give a little light when the moon don't rise.
Adam was Pop and Eve was Mother;
Cain walked the treadmill because he killed his brother;
Jacob couldn't sleep good 'kase he didn't have a piller;
Greatest man that ever lived was Jack the Giant-Killer.
Lightnin' was a yellow gal, she lived in the clouds;
Thunder was a black man, because he hollered loud.
When he kissed Lightnin', made her dodge and wonder;
She ran away and tore her clothes, and that caused thunder.
Wind begin to blow and rain begin to fall;
River riz immediately and drowned the niggers all;
Forty days and nights, ezactly by the countin',
Landed Noah's ark in the Ozark Mountains.
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