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    BANJO

    TALKS

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    COPYRIGHT DEPOSrr.

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    BANJO

    TALKS

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    We-all

    drinks

    de

    sweet

    juice

    down

    F'um

    de

    cup so

    green

    an*

    roua

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    BANJO TALKS

    By

    ANNE

    VIRGINIA

    CULBERTSON

    Author

    of

    At

    the

    Big

    House

    Lays

    of

    a

    Wandering

    Minstrel

    Illustrated

    from

    Photographs by

    MARY

    MORGAN KEIPP

    &

    HEUSTIS PRATT COOK

    INDIANAPOLIS

    THE

    BOBBS-MERRILL

    COMPANY

    PUBLISHERS

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    Copyright

    igo$

    The Bobbs-Merrill Company

    October

    im)

    Oopies

    tfeoavnn

    SEP

    Si

    1905

    goPY

    0.

    T

    19

    f

    PRESS OF

    BRAUNWORTH

    &

    CO.

    BOOKBINDERS AND

    PRINTERS

    BROOKLYN, N.

    Y.

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    CONTENTS

    PAGE

    Wen

    DE

    Banjer

    Talks

    .

    i

    De

    Gal

    wid

    de

    Cryin'

    Shoes

    6

    De

    Wood-Hants

    .

    8

    Ol'

    Lynchburg

    Town

    12

    Harvest

    Song

    16

    Miss

    Sally-Gal

    20

    With

    the

    Spinning

    Lesson

    . ...

    . .

    .22

    LiNDY,

    Come

    Erlong

    26

    De

    Stum'lin'-Block

    28

    Knockin'

    de

    'Rang-a-Tang

    30

    Comin'

    Thu

    .

    34

    A Toast

    . .

    36

    Plowin'

    Time

    38

    'Pen'ence

    43

    Listening to

    the

    Accordion

    .

    o

    ....

    47

    De

    Song er de

    'Skeeter

    .......

    51

    Go

    Lightly,

    Gal

    53

    Jes'

    Lookin'

    On

    56

    Quit

    dat Playin'

    'Possum

    .......

    61

    Chris'mas

    Comin'

    63

    The

    Turkey-Dream

    66

    Sunday

    Fishin'

    71

    My

    Li'l

    Gal

    Done

    Got

    a

    Beau

    -73

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    PAGE

    Whar DEM

    Sinful Apples

    Grow

    79

    Buck-Steer 82

    My Chillen's

    Pictyah

    c

    .

    87

    The

    Conjure-Doctor

    .

    .

    .

    *

    . .

    .

    .90

    When

    the

    Crop's

    Laid By

    .

    .

    .

    . .

    -95

    Wen

    I

    Sees

    a

    Yaller Gal

    .......

    98

    Tell

    'em

    Howdy

    ..,

    =

    .....

    102

    Lay

    Low,

    Mister Turkey

    ....

    ..

    105

    Answering

    the Mocking-Bird

    ......

    107

    Gittin'

    Under Power

    . . .

    . .

    .

    .

    .112

    Skeesicks

    .

    117

    Quit Yo'

    Worryin'

    .

    . . . .

    . .

    .

    .122

    Ol'^

    Mister

    Gray-Moss

    .

    . .

    124

    Totin' Mommer's

    Baby 128

    In the

    Melon-Patch

    131

    When We

    Hear the

    Organ

    Down the

    Street

    .

    '

    136

    Calling

    the

    Cows

    ^138

    In

    Sorghum Time

    . , .

    .

    . .

    .

    143

    Mom's

    a

    Washer-Lady

    ,

    147

    De Inch-Wu'm

    an'

    de

    Hopper-Grass

    . .

    . o 152

    Jes

    A-Studyin'

    ..... o

    ...

    155

    Miss

    Jinny

    160

    De

    Tukkey-Tail

    Fan

    .

    . . . .

    .165

    Li'l

    Sistaii

    ..........

    168

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    ILLUSTRATIONS

    /

    '*We-all

    drinks de

    sweet

    juice

    down

    frontispiece

    F'um

    de

    cup

    so

    green

    an' roun'

    Mary Morgan

    Keipp

    PAGE

    Wen de

    banjer

    talks Heustis Pratt

    Cook

    3

    ^

    Dey

    better

    be

    good Mary

    Morgan Keipp

    9

    ^

    Oh

    de

    cradle

    hit goes

    swingin'

    Mary

    Morgan Keipp

    17

    Dar's nuttin' lak

    de

    ol'-time

    ways

    Mary Morgan

    Keipp

    23

    Dough

    de

    cabin

    mighty

    small,

    Room

    fer

    ev'y comer

    Heustis Pratt

    Cook

    31

    -

    Dat's

    a team, I

    tell

    you

    now

    Heustis

    Pratt

    Cook

    39.

    I wanster

    play

    de 'corjum, too

    Mary

    Morgan Keipp

    49

    ,

    'Deyain'hadde raisin' dat

    I

    done

    got Heustis Pratt Cook

    57

    Mandy's

    in

    a

    tukkey-dream

    Mary

    Morgan

    Keipp

    67/

    Or

    'ooman,

    we's

    a-gittin' on Heustis Pratt

    Cook

    75

    ,

    Wen

    I goes ter town

    in

    my

    li'l ox-kyart

    Heustis

    Pratt

    Cook

    83

    '

    She'sacunjer-doctah,she is fersho'

    Mary

    Morgan

    Keipp

    91,

    I

    gits my

    eyes

    all fixed fer

    her,

    My

    mouf

    begins ter

    laff

    Heustis

    Pratt

    Cook

    99

    I

    whustles, too,

    bekase I'se

    gay

    Mary Morgan

    Keipp

    109

    De

    sma'tes'

    li'l

    dog, suh

    Mary Morgan

    Keipp

    119

    We

    loads ow'

    kyart

    an' we

    meks

    fer town

    Heustis

    Pratt Cook

    125

    -

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    Dar's

    a

    milyun-patch

    whar grows

    Jes'

    de

    bestes'

    fruit

    we

    knows

    Mary

    Morgan Keipp

    Mary

    Morgan

    Keipp

    133

    139

    149

    157

    161

    Teckholtmy

    han'

    an'doanyoufear Mary

    Morgan

    Keipp

    169

    ''Hit's

    time

    I

    slip

    up

    to

    de

    bars

    Golly

    but

    hit's lonesome

    Wen yo' maw

    ain' home

    *'Jes'

    a-studyin'

    all de day

    An'

    den I

    riz

    up,

    fer

    I

    seem

    ter

    see

    Dat 'uz

    de

    wu'k

    de

    Lawd

    cut out

    fer

    me

    Heustis

    Pratt

    Cook

    Heustis Pratt

    Cook

    Heustis

    Pratt

    Cook

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    For

    the

    privilege

    of

    reprinting

    some

    of

    these

    verses, acknow^ledgment

    is

    due

    the courtesy of the

    editors

    of

    Life,

    Truth,

    Pearson's

    Magazine

    Dixie,Outing

    and

    other

    publications

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    BANJO

    TALKS

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    WEN

    DE

    BANJER

    TALKS

    Doan'

    talk erbout yo'

    singin',

    Dat's

    well

    enuff sometimes

    Wen de

    singer's

    got

    some

    git-up

    An'

    de

    wu'ds

    an' music

    chimes,

    But

    I

    ru'rr

    year

    de

    banjer

    Dan

    ter

    listen

    at

    de

    rhymes.

    Oh,

    my soul

    gits

    up

    an' humps husse'f

    An'

    goes outside

    an'

    walks,

    Wen

    a

    picker gits

    ter

    pickin'

    An'de

    banjer

    talks

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    W

    EN

    DE

    BANJER

    TALKS

    Wen

    banjer

    git

    ter

    talkin'

    You

    better

    hoF

    yo'

    tongue,

    Hit

    mek

    you

    think

    youse

    gre't an'

    gran'

    An'

    rich an'

    strong an'

    young,

    An'

    ev'ything whar

    scrumpshus

    Right

    at

    yo'

    feet

    is

    flung.

    Oh,

    my

    soul

    gits

    up

    an'

    humps

    husse'f

    An'

    goes

    outside

    an'

    walks,

    Wen

    a

    picker

    gits

    ter

    pickin'

    An'

    de

    banjer

    talks

    You darkies mus'

    be

    happy,

    Dat

    w'at

    de

    banjer

    say,

    Dey's

    happiness

    a-plenty

    AH

    strowed

    erlong

    de

    way,

    But

    you

    better

    be

    a-grabbin'

    Fer

    you

    ain'

    got

    long

    ter

    stay.

    Oh,

    my

    soul

    gits

    up

    an'

    humps

    husse'f

    An'

    goes

    outside an'

    walks.

    Wen

    a

    picker

    gits

    ter

    pickin'

    An'de

    banjer