Ah got to say a piece of litery (literary) fust to git mah wind on.
went up on dat meatskin
And Ah come down on dat bone
And Ah grabbed dat piece of cornbread
And Ah made dat biscuit moan.
Once a man had two sons. One was name Jim and de, other one dey call him Jack for
short. Dey papa was a most rich man, so he called de boys to 'im one night and tole 'em,
"Ah don't want y'all settin' 'round waitin' for me tuh die tuh git whut Ah'm gointer
give yuh. Here's five hundred dollars apiece. Dat's yo' sheer of de proppity. Go put
yo'selves on de ladder. Take and make men out of yourselves."
Jim took his and bought a big farm and a pair of mules and settled down.
Jack took his money and went on down de road skinnin' and winnin'. He won from so many
mens till he had threbbled his money. Den he met a man says, "Come on, le's skin
some." De man says "Money on de wood" and he laid down a hundred dollars.
Jack looked at de hurid'ud dollars and put down five hund'ud and says, "Man, Ah
ain't for no spuddin'. You playin' wid yo' stuff out
de winder. You fat 'round
de heart. Bet some money.
De other man covered Jack's money and dey went to skinnin'. Jack was dealin' and he
thought he seen de other man on de turn so he said, Five hund'ud mo' my ten spot is de
De man covered Jack's money and dey went skinnin'. Jack was dealin' and he though he
seen de other man on de turn so he said, "Five hund'ud mo' my ten spot is
De man covered 'im and Jack slapped down another five hund'ud and said,
"Five hund'ud mo' you fall dis time."
De other man never said a word. He put down five hund'ud mo'.
Jack got to singin':
"When yo' card git-uh lucky, oh pardner you oughter be in a rollin I game."
He flipped de card and bless God it wuz de ten spot' Jack had done fell hisself instead
of de other man. He was all put out.
Says, "Well, Ah done los' all mah money so de game is through."
De other man say, "We kin still play on. Ah'll bet you all de money on de table
against yo' life."
Jack agreed to play 'Cause he figgered he could outshoot and outcut any man on de road
and if de man tried to kill bim he'd git kilt hisself. So dey shuffled agin and Jack
pulled a card and it fell third in hand.
Den de man got up and he was twelve foot tall and Jack was so skeered he didn't know
whut to do. De man looked down on 'im and tole 'im says, "De Devil is mah'name and Ah live across de deep blue sea.
Ah could kill you right now, but Ah'll give Yuh another chance. If you git to my house
befo' de sun sets and rise agin Ah won't kill yuh, but if you don't Ah'll be compelled to
take yo' life."
Den he vanished.
Jack went on down de road jus' a cryin' till he met uh ole man.
Says,"Whuss de matter, Jack?"
"Ah played skin wid de Devil for mah life and he winned and tole me if Ah ain't to
his house by de time de sun sets and rise agin he's gointer take mah life, and he
live way across de ocean."
De ole man says,"You sho is in a bad fix, Jack. Dere ain't but one thing dat kin
cross de ocean in dat time."
,'Whut is dat?
"It's uh bald eagle. She come down to de edge of de ocean every mornin' and
dip herself in de sea and pick off all de dead feathers. When she dip herself de third
time and pick herself she rocks herself and spread her wings and mount de sky and go
straight across de deep blue sea. And every time she holler, you give her piece uh dat
yearlin' or she'll eat you.
"Now if you could be dere wid a yearlin' bull and when she git thru dippin' and
pick herself and rock to mount de sky and jump straddle of her back wid dat bull yearlin'
you could make it."
Jack wuz dere wid de yearlin' waitin' for dat eagle to come. He wuz watchin' her from
behind, de bushes and seen her when she come out de water and picked off de dead feather
and rocked to go on high.
He jumped on de eagle's back wid his yearlin and de eagle was out flyin' de sun. After
while she turned her head from side to side and her blazin' eyes lit up first de north den
de south and she hollered, "Ah?h?h, Ah, ah! One quarter cross de ocean! Don't see
nothin' but blue water, uh!"
Jack was so skeered dat instead of him givin' de eagle uh quarter of de meat, he give
her de whole bull. After while she say, "Ah?h?h, ah, ah! One half way cross de ocean!
Don't see nothin' but blue water!"
Jack didn't have no mo' meat so he tore off one leg and give it to her. She swallowed
dat and flew on. She hollered agin, "Ah,ha. Ah, ha! Mighty nigh cross de ocean' Don't
see nothin' but blue water' uh"'
Jack tore off one arm and give it to her and she et dat and pretty soon she lit on land
and Jack jumped off and de eagle flew on off to her nest.
Jack didn't know which way de Devil lived so he ast. "Dat first big white house
'round de bendin de road," dey tole 'im.
Jack walked to de Devil's house and knocked on de do'.
"One of de Devil's friends. One widout uh arm and widout uh leg."
Devil tole his wife, says: "Look behind de do' and hand dat man uh arm and
leg." She give Jack de arm and leg and Jack put 'em on.
Devil says, "See you got here in time for breakfas'. But Ah got uh job for yuh
befo' you eat. Ah got uh hund'ud acres uh new ground ain't never had uh brush cut on it.
Ah want you to go out dere and cut down, all de trees and brushes, grub up all de roots
and pile 'em and bum 'em befo' dinner time. If you don't, Ah'Il hafta take yo' life."
Jus' 'bout dat time de Devil's chillen come out to look at Jack and he seen he had one
real pretty daughter, but Jack wuz too worried to think 'bout no girls. So he took de
tools and went on out to de wood lot and went to work.
By de time he chopped down one tree he wuz tired and he knowed it would take 'im ten
years to dear dat ground right, so Jack set down and went to cryin'. 'Bout dat time de
Devil's pretty daughter come wid his breakfas'. "Whuss de matter, Jack?"
"Yo papa done gimme uh job he know Ah can't git through wid, and he's gonna take
mah life and Ah don't wanna die."
"Eat yo' breakfas'Jack, and put yo' head in mah lap and go to sleep."
Jack done lak she tole 'im and went to sleep and when he woke up every tree was down,
every bush and de roots grubbed up and burnt. Look lak never had been a blade uh grass
De Devil come out to see how Jack wuz makin' out and seen dat hundred acres deaned off
so nice and said, "Uh, huh, Ah see youse uh wise man, 'most wise as me. Now Ah got
another job for yuh. Ah got uh well, uh hundred feet deep and Ah want yuh to dip it dry.
Ah mean dry, Ah want it so dry till Ah kin see dust from it and den Ah want you to bring
me whut you find at de bottom."
Jack took de bucket and went to de well and went to work but he seen dat de water wuz
comin' in faster dan he could draw it out. So he sat down and begin to cry.
De Devil's daughter come traipsin long wid Jack's dinner and seen Jack settin' down
cryin'. "Whuss de matter, Jack? Don't cry lak dat lessen you wanta make me cry
Yo' pa done put me to doin' somethin' he know Ah can't never finish and if Ah don't git
thru he is gonna take mah life.
"Eat yo' dinner, Jack and put yo' head in mah lap and go to sleep.
Jack done lak she tole 'im and when he woke up de well wuz so dry till red dust wuz
boilin' out of it lak smoke. De girl handed 'im a ring and tole 'im "Give papa dis
ring. Dat's whut he wanted. It's mama's ring and she lost it in de well de.other
When de Devil come to see whut Jack wuz doin', Jack give 'im de ring and de Devil
looked and seen all dat dust pourin' out de well. He say, "Ah see youse uh very smart
man. Almos' as wise as me. All right, Ah got just one mo' job for you and if you do dat
Ah'Il spare yo' life and let you marry mah daughter to boot. You take dese two geeses and
go up dat cocoanut palm tree and pick 'em, and bring me de geeses when you git 'em picked
and bring me every feather dat come off 'em. If you lose one Ah'll have to take yo
Jack took de two geeses and clammed up de cocoanut palm tree and tried to pick dem
geeses. But he was more'n uh hundred feet off de ground and every time he'd pull uh
feather often one of dem birds, de wind would blow it away. So Jack began to cry agin. By
dat time Beatrice Devil come up wid his supper. "Whuss de matter, Jack?"
"Yo' papa is bound tuh kill me. He know Ah can't pick no geeses up no palm tree,
and save de ' feathers.
"Eat yo' supper Jack and lay down in mah lap."
When Jack woke up all both de geeses wuz picked and de girl had all de feathers even;
she had done caught dem out de air dat got away from Jack. De Devil said, "Well, now
you done everything Ah tole you, you kin have mah daughter. Y'all take dat ole house down
de road apiece. Dat's where me and her ma got our start."
So Jack and de Devil's daughter got married and went to keepin' house.
Way in de night, Beatrice woke up and shook Jack.
"Jack! Jack! Wake up! Papa's comin' here to kill you. Git up and go to de barn. He
got two horses dat kin jump a thousand miles at every jump. One is named Hallowedbethyname
and de other, Thykingdomcome. Go hitch 'em to dat buck board and head em dis way and
Jack run to de barn and harnessed de hawses and headed towards de house where his wife
wuz at. When he got to de do' she jumped in and hollered, "Le's go, Jack. Papa comin'
When de Devil got to de house to kill Jack and found out Jack wuz gone, he run to de
barn to hitch up his fas' hawses. When he seen dat dey wuz gone, he hitched up is jumpin'
bull dat could jump five hundred miles at every jump, and down de road, baby!
De Devil wuz drivin' dat bull! Wid every jump he'd holler, "Oh! Hallowedbethyname!
Thykingdomcome!" And every time de hawses would hear 'im call 'em they'd fall to they
knees and de bull would gain on 'em.
De girl say, "Jack, he's 'bout to ketch us! Git out and drag yo' feet backwards
nine steps, throw some sand over yo' shoulders and le's go!"
Jack done dat and de hawses got up and off they went, but every time they hear they
master's voice they'd stop till de girl told Jack to drag his foot three times nine times
and he did it and they gained so fast on de Devil dat de hawses couldn't hear 'im no mo',
and dey got away.
De Devil passed uh man and he say, "Is you seen uh man in uh buck board wid uh
pretty girl wid coal black hair and red eyes behind two fas' hawses?"
De man said, "No, Ah speck dey done made it to de mountain and if dey gone to de
mountain take 'em.
"Jack and his wife wuz right dere den listenin' to de Devil. When de daughter saw
her pa comin' she turned herself and de hawses into goats and they wuz croppin' grass.
Jack wuz so tough she couldn't turn him into nothin' so she saw a holler log and she tole
'im to go hide in it, which he did. De Devil looked all around and he seen dat log and his
mind jus' tole 'im to go look in it and he went and picked de log up and said "Ah,
ha! Ah gotcher!"
Jack wuz so skeered inside dat log he begin to call on de Lawd and he said, "0
Lawd, have mercy."
You know de Devil don't lak tuh hear de name uh de Lawd so he throwed down dat log and
said, "Damn it! If Ah had of knowed dat God wuz in dat log I Ah a picked it
So he got back in and picked up de reins and hollered to de bull, "Turn, bull,
turn! Turn dean round. Turn bull turn, turn dean round!"
De jumpin' bull turnt so fast till he fell and broke his own neck and throwed de Devil
out on his head and kilt 'im. So dat's why dey say Jack beat de Devil. TOP