III. CORN-SHUCKING SONG

OH, de fus news you know de dail be a breakin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango! *1)
An' de fior be a burnin' en' de ash-cake a bakin',
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
An' de hon'll be a hollorin' en de boss 'll be a wakin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Bettergit up, nigger, en give yo'se'f a shakin'-
(Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

Oh, honey! w'en you see dem ripe stars a fallin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Oh, honey! w'en you year de rain-crow a callin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Oh, honey! w'en you year dat rod calf a bawlin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Den de day time's, a creopin' on a crawlin'-
(Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

For dolos' ell on yard *2 is a huntin' for de mornin',
(Hi O! git long! go 'way!)
En shell ketch up widdus 'fo' we ever git dis corn in-
(Oh, go 'way, Sindy Ann!)

Oh, honey! w'en you year dat tin horn a tootin'
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Oh, honey, w'on you year de squinch owl a hootin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Oh, honey! w'en you year dem little pigs a rootin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Right den she's a comm' a skippin' en a scootin'-
(Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

Oh, honey, w'en you year dat roan mule whickor-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
W'on you see Mister Moon turnin' pale en gittin' sicker-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)

Don hit's time for tor handle dat corn a little quicker-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Ef you wantor git a smell or old Marstor's jug or licker-
(Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

For de los' oil en yard is a huntin' for de mornin'
(Hi O! git long! go 'way!)
En shell ketch up widdus 'fo' we ever git dis corn in-
(Oh, go 'way, Sindy Ann!)
You niggers 'cross dar! you bettor stop your dancin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
No use for ter come a flingin' un yo' "sha'n'ts" in-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
No use for ter come a flingin' un yo' "can't's" in-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Kaze dey ain't no time for yo' pattin' nor yo' prancin'!
(Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

Mr. Rabbit see do Fox, en he sass urn en jaws urn-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Mr. Fox ketch de Rabbit, on he scratch um en he claws urn-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
En he tar off de hide, en he chaws urn en he gnyaws urn-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Same like gal chawin' sweet gum en rozzum-
(Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)
For de los' oil en yard is a huntin' for de mornin'
(Hi O! git 'long! go 'way!)
En she'll ketch up widdus 'fo' we ever git dis corn in-
(Oh, go 'way) Sindy Ann!)

Oh, work on, boys! give doze shucks a mighty wringin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
'Fo' de boss come aroun' a dangin' en a dingin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)

Git upen move aroun'! sot dom big han's ter swingin'-
(Hey O! Hi O! Up'n down de Bango!)
Git up'n shout loud! lot de w'ite folks year you singin'!
(Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

For dolos' eli on yard is a huntin' for de mornin'
(Hi O! git long! go 'way!)
En shell ketch up widdus 'fo' we over git dis corn in.
(Oh, go 'way Sindy Ann!)

*1 So far as I know, "Bango" is a meaningless term, introduced on account of its sonorous ruggedness. *2 The sword and belt in the constellation of Orion.

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