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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1469. Little Alabama Coon
 
By Hattie Starr
 
 
I ’s a little Alabama Coon,
  And I has n’t been born very long;
I ’member seein’ a great big round moon;
  I ’member hearin’ one sweet song.
When dey tote me down to de cotton field,        5
  Dar I roll and I tumble in de sun;
While my daddy pick de cotton, mammy watch me grow,
  And dis am de song she sung:
 
Go to sleep, my little pickaninny,—
  Brer’ Fox ’ll catch you if yo’ don’t;        10
Slumber on de bosom of yo’ ole Mammy Jinny,—
  Mammy’s gwine to swat yo’ if you won’t.
 
            Sh! sh! sh!
        Lu-la, lu-la lu-la lu-la lu!
Underneaf de silver Southern moon;        15
        Rock-a-by! hush-a-by!
        Mammy’s little baby,
Mammy’s little Alabama Coon.
 
Dis hyar little Alabama Coon
  Specks to be a growed-up man some day;        20
Dey ’s gwine to christen me hyar very soon,—
  My name ’s gwine to be “Henry Clay.”
When I ’s big, I ’s gwine to wed a yellow gal;
  Den we ’ll hab pickaninnies ob our own;
Den dat yellow gal shall rock ’em on her bosom,        25
  And dis am de song she ’ll croon:
 
Go to sleep, my little pickaninny,—
  Brer’ Fox ’ll catch you if yo’ don’t;
Slumber on de bosom of yo’ ole Mammy Jinny,—
  Mammy’s gwine to swat yo’ if you won’t.        30
 
            Sh! sh! sh!
        Lu-la, lu-la lu-la lu-la lu!
Underneaf de silver Southern moon;
        Rock-a-by! hush-a-by!
        Mammy’s little baby,        35
Mammy’s little Alabama Coon.
 

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