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Thread #102695   Message #2088432
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
27-Jun-07 - 02:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'Of All the Animals in the World/Field..'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Of All the Animals in the World/Field..'
In the song he collected as "She Roll Dem Two White Eyes," Odum reported the following verse:

Of all de beastes in de woods,
I'd rather be a tick;
I'd climb up 'roun' my true love's neck,
An' there I'd stick,
Jes' to see her roll dem snow-white eyes.

Probably inspired, as many verses, by the popular song, "Goo-goo Eyes."
Howard W. Odum, 1911, "Folk-Song and Folk-Poetry as Found in the Secular Songs of the Southern Negroes," Jour. American Folk-Lore, vol. XXIV, no. 94, Oct.-Dec., 1911. Song No. 90, p. 374