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Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings/Corn-Shucking Song

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His SongsEdit

III. Corn-Shucking SongEdit

Oh, de fus’ news you know de day’ll be a breakin’—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango![1])
An’ de fier be a burnin’ en’ de ash-cake a bakin’,
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
An’ de ho’n ’ll be a hollerin’ en de boss ’ll be a wakin’—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
Better git 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 red calf a bawlin’—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
Den de day time’s a creepin’ en a crawlin’—
            (Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

For de los’ ell en yard[2] 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, honey! w’en you year dat tin horn a tootin’
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
Oh, honey, w’en 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 comin’ a skippin’ en a scootin’—
            (Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

Oh, honey, w’en you year dat roan mule whicker—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
W’en you see Mister Moon turnin’ pale en gittin’ sicker—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
Den hit’s time for ter handle dat corn a little quicker—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
Ef you wanter git a smell er old Marster’s jug er licker—
            (Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

For de los’ ell en yard is a huntin’ for de mornin’
            (Hi O! git ’long! go ’way!)
En she’ll ketch up wid dus ’fo’ we ever git dis corn in—
            (Oh, go ’way, Sindy Ann!)

You niggers ’cross dar! you better 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 de Fox, en he sass um en jaws um—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
Mr. Fox ketch de Rabbit, en he scratch um en he claws um—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
En he tar off de hide, en he chaws um en he gnyaws um—
            (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’ ell 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 up en move aroun’! set dem big han’s ter swingin’—
            (Hey O! Hi O! Up’n down de Bango!)
Git up’n shout loud! let de w’ite folks year you singin’!
            (Hi O, Miss Sindy Ann!)

For de los’ ell 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!)


FootnotesEdit

  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.