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Thread #9197 Message #2801389
Posted By: Jim Dixon
02-Jan-10 - 08:44 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Uncle Eph's Got the Coon
Subject: Lyr Add: UNCLE EPHRAIM GOT DE COON
From "Songs and Rhymes from the South" by E. C. Perrow, in The Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol. 26 (Lancaster, Pa.: American Folk-Lore Society, 1913), page 158:
32. UNCLE EPHRAIM GOT DE COON
(From Mississippi; negroes; MS. of R. J. Slay; 19x19)
 As I was coming through my field,
A black snake bit me on de heel;
Dey carried me home, and laid me on de bed;
De ole folks said, "Dat nigger is dead."
[CHORUS] Uncle Eph'm got de coon and gone on, gone on, gone on,
Uncle Eph'm got de coon and gone on,
And left me watching up de tree.
 What kind of shoes did de angels wear,
Slipping and sliding through de air?
A great big shoe and a gov'mint sox:
Just drap all de money in de missionary-box.