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Who Dat Say Chicken In dis Crowd (1898)

Who Dat Say Chicken In dis Crowd

The big feature of E. E. Rice's "Summer Night's."
Who Dat Say Chicken In dis Crowd.

The Great Success of "Clorindy" or The Origin of the Cake-Walk"

Words by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Music by Will. Marion.

Published by M. Witmark & Sons. Chicago & New York, c1898.
Witmark Popular Publications.

(Photo appears courtesy of
Brown University Library)


Folks ain't got no right to censuah othah folks about dey habits;
Him dat giv' de squir'ls de bushtails made de bobtails fu' de rabbits.
Him dat built de gread big mountains hollered out de little valleys,
Him dat made de streets an' driveways was n't shamed to makede alleys.

We is all constructed diff'ent, d'ain't no two of us de same;
We cain't he'p ouah likes an' dislikes, ef we'se bad we ain't to blame.
Ef we'se good, we need n't show off, case you bet it ain't ouah doin'
We gits into su'ttain channels dat we jes' cain't he'p pu'suin'.

But we all fits into places dat no othah ones could fill,
An' we does the things we has to, big er little, good er ill.
John cain't tek de place o' Henry, Su an' Sally ain't alike;
Bass ain't nuthin' like a suckah, chub ain't nuthin' like a pike.

W'en you come to t'ink about it, how it's all planned out it's splendid.
Nothin's done er evah happens, 'dout hit's somefin' dat's intended;
Don't keer whut you does, you has to, an' hit sholy beats de dickens,--
Viney, go put on de kittle, I got one o' mastah's chickens.