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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
 
Uncle Eph’s Banjo Song
 
James Edwin Campbell
 
 
CLEAN de ba’n an’ sweep de flo’,
    Sing, my bawnjer, sing!
We’s gwine ter dawnce dis eb’nin’ sho’,
    Ring, my bawnjer, ring!
Den hits up de road an’ down de lane,        5
Hurry, niggah, you miss de train;
De yaller gal she dawnce so neat,
De yaller gal she look so sweet,
    Ring, my bawnjer, ring!
 
De moon come up, de sun go down,        10
    Sing, my bawnjer, sing!
De niggahs am all come f’um town,
    Ring, my bawnjer, ring!
Den hits roun’ de hill an’ froo de fiel’—
Lookout dar, niggah, doan’ you steal!        15
De milyuns on dem vines am green,
De moon am bright, O you’ll be seen,
    Ring, my bawnjer, ring!
 

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