A Refrain of the Red River Plantation Harper's creek and roarin' ribber Thar, my dear, we'll live forebber; Den we'll go to the Ingin nation, All I want in dis creation, Is pretty little wife and big plantation. CHO: Up dat oak and down dat ribber, Two overseers and one little nigger. Who's been here since I've been gone? Pretty little gal wid a josey on. Hog Eye! Old Hog Eye! And Hosey too! Never see de like since I was born, Here come a little gal wid a josey on. Hog Eye! Old Hog Eye! And Hosey too! Ebo Dick and Jurdan's Jo, Them two niggers stole my yo'. CHO: Hop Jim along, Walk Jim along, Talk Jim along, &c. Old black Dan, as black as tar, He dam glad he was not dar. Hop Jim along, &c. From a 1853 slave narrative, "Twelve Years a Slave" by Solomon Northup. Yo' = ewe? Josey = jersey? XX
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