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Thread #59194   Message #1828858
Posted By: Azizi
06-Sep-06 - 10:00 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Fight Wid Ole Satan
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Fight Wid Ole Satan
Here's another rhyme about the devil from Thomas W. Talley's 1922 book "Negro Folk Rhymes" {Kennikat Press Edition, 1968; p.165}
{Warning: advocates of non-violence toward all living creatures won't approve of this rhyme}

THE ORIGIN OF THE SNAKE
Up de hill an' down de level!
Up de hill an' down de level!
Granny's puppy treed de Devil.

Puppy howl, an' Devil shake.
Puppy howl, an' Devil shake.
Devil leave, an' dere's yo' snake,

Mash his head; de sun shine bright!
Mash his head; de sun shine bright!
Tail don't die ontel it's night.

Night come on, an' sperits groan!
Night come on, an' sperits groan!
Devil come an' gits his own.


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Don't you think this rhyme is just begging to be sung? [with perhaps with some PC changes, though that will interfere with the folk supersition that the rhyme preserves.

But still, I think a good tunesmith could have fun making this rhyme sing.

[This is a big hint to Charley Noble and others here on Mudcat]