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chico Lyr/Tune Req: Jim Crow (minstrel song, 1820) (32) RE: Help: Jim Crow: Minstrel show-song from 1820' 28 Mar 06

(C)    G                                 C/G            C
Come, listen all you gals and boys, ise just from Tuckyhoe;
      G       /F#    /E    /D         7         C
I'm goin, to sing a little song, my name's Jim Crow.

G    (b5)    7             C/G    F         
Weel about and turn about and do jis so,
C            F            G7       C
Eb'ry time I weel about I jump Jim Crow.

I went down to the river, I didn't mean to stay;
But dere I see so many gals, I couldn't get away.

Gnd arter I been dere awhile, I tought I push my boat;
But I tumbled in de river, gnd I find myself afloat.

I git upon a flat boat, I cotch de Uncle Sam;
Den I went to see de place where dey kill'd de Packenham.

Gnd den I go to Orleans, gn, feel so full of flight;
Dey put me in de Calaboose, gn, keep me dere all night.

When I got out I hit a man, his name I now forgot;
But dere was noting left of him 'cept a little grease spot.

Gnd oder day I hit a man, de man was mighty fat
I hit so hard I nockt him in to an old cockt hat.

I whipt my weight in wildcats, I eat an alligator;
I drunk de Mississippy up! O! I'm de very creature.

I sit upon a hornet's nest, I dance upon my bead;
I tie a wiper round my neck gn, den I go to bed.

I kneel to de buzzard, gn, I bow to the crow;
Gn eb'ry time I weel about I jump jis so.

["Jim Crow" (1829) (G Comic Song) Words and Music by Thomas Dartmouth ("Daddy") Rice, 1808-1860. Source: page 209 from "Minstrel Songs, Old and New" (1883)]

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