Mudcat Café message #1385275 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #21456   Message #1385275
Posted By: Azizi
22-Jan-05 - 12:33 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Railroad Bill
Subject: RE: Help: Railroad Bill
Thomas W. Talley's 1922 collection "Negro Folk Rhymes" has a rhyme he calls "Wild Negro Bill" {p. 94 of Kennikat Press edition.

The verses Talley presents contain the N word {represented in my post as "N---"}

I'se wild N----- Bill
From Redpepper Hill.
I never did wo'k an' I never will

I's done killed de Boss.
I'se knocked down de hoss.
I'se eats up raw goose widout apple sauce!

I'se Run-a-way Bill,
I knows dwy mought kill;
But old Mosser hain't cotch me,
an' he never will!


Talley wrote that many of his songs were generations old..Since sneaking into railroad cars was often used by runaways, could
'Wild N--- Bill' be the source of "Railroad Bill?