De gray owl sing fum de chimbly top: "Who--who--is--you-oo?" En I say: "Good Lawd, hit's des po 'me, En I ain't quite ready fer de Jasper Sea; I 'm po' en sinful, en you 'lowed I 'd be; Oh, wait, good Lawd, 'twell ter-morror!" De gray owl sing fum de cypress tree: "Who--who--is--you-oo?" En I say: "Good Lawd, ef you look you 'll see Hit ain't nobody but des po' me, En I like ter stay 'twell my time is free; Oh, wait, good Lawd, 'twell ter-morror!"
- by Frank Lebby Stanton (1857 - 1927), "A Plantation Ditty" [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Sidney Homer (1864 - 1953), "A Plantation Ditty", op. 37 no. 4, from Six Cheerful Songs to Poems of American Humor, no. 4. [text not verified]
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This text was added to the website: 2007-06-14
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