Mention of this version of "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" was attributed on a couple of sites to Tempie Cummins from the Texas Slave Narratives. I can't find the original source. Here's the text with it: "I tuk care 'r' d' little w'ite chillun an' uster sing dem t' sleep wid (this song)…

Sadly, we've seen a few instances in the past of slaves telling of the songs they used to sing to get their "masters" babies to sleep as opposed to their own. Another tragedy of slavery.

Go Tell Aunty Nancy - African American Children's Songs - Historical African American - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Here are two versions from "On the Trail of Negro Folk-songs" by Dorothy Scarborough (1925):

Go tell Aunt Patsy,
Go tell Aunt Patsy,
Go tell Aunt Patsy,
Her old grey goose is dead.

The one she's been saving,
The one she's been saving,
The one she's been saving
To make a feather bed.

Somebody killed it,
Somebody killed it,
Somebody killed it,
Knocked it in the head.

Other Version
(Score below):


Go tell Aunt Tabbie,
Go tell Aunt Tabbie,
Go tell Aunt Tabbie,
The old grey goose is dead.

The one she was a-savin',
The one she was a-savin',
The one she was a-savin'
To make a feather bed.

(Chorus)
She was in the pond a-swimmin',
In the pond a-swimmin',
In the pond a-swimmin',
An' now she is dead;

She was in the pond a-swimmin',
In the pond a-swimmin',
Caught her foot on a 'simmon root,
An' a turtle got her head.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Go Tell Aunty Nancy