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GUEST,Bud Origins: Run, Nigger, Run (92* d) RE: Lyr req: Run, Nigger; Run 23 Dec 01


First read the words to this in Uncle Remus as a boy. Uncle Remus states that Bre'r Rabbit was strutting around very proudly "ez if he wuz de king ob de patter-rollers", which a footnote explains as "patrols" and gives a short history of the practice. Author Joel Chandler Harris gave the following words: Run, nigger, run. Patter-roller ketch you. Run, nigger, run. Hit's almos' day. Oh, please massa, don' ketch me. Ketch dat nigger behime dat tree. He stole money an' I stole none. Put him in de calaboose des' fo' fun. [All quotes are from my ebbing memory] In its historical context it's hard to find anything offensive about it, but considering modern standards and sensitivity, the performer had best change the operative word or sing at his own risk.


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