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Thanks and Acknowledgements

This song was written down in the Work Projects Administration's Slave Narratives. The government sent out interviewers in the late 1930's to talk with the ex-slaves and write down what they had to say. This song is from an interview of Annie Little. She was born a slave in Springfield, Missouri in January, 1856. Her "master" owned a plantation in Mississippi, and sent Annie's family there while she was a baby. At the time of the interview, Annie lived in Mart, Texas.

Here's what Annie said about this song: "Dolphus and me marries in Missipp' but come to Texas and lives at Hillsboro on Massa John Willoughby's farm. We has ten chillen and I'm livin' with my baby boy right now. I'll tell you de song I gits all dem chillen to sleep with…"