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Kingdom Coming (the Year of the Jubilo)

Henry Clay Work
Lingua: Inglese



Say, darkies, hab you seen de massa, wid de muffstash (1) on his face,
Go long de road some time dis mornin', like he gwine to leab de place?
He seen a smoke way up de ribber, whar de Lincoln gunboats lay;
He took his hat, and lef' berry sudden, and I spec' he's run away!

De massa run, Ha, Ha! De darkey stay, Ho, Ho!
It mus' be now de kindom coming, an' de year ob Jubilo!

He six foot one way, two foot tudder, and he weigh tree hundred pound,
His coat so big, he couldn't pay the tailor, an' it won't go halfway round.
He drill so much dey call him Captain, an' he got so drefful tanned,
I spec' he try an' fool dem Yankees for to tink he's contraband.

De massa run, Ha, Ha! De darkey stay, Ho, Ho!
It mus' be now de kindom coming, an' de year ob Jubilo!

De darkeys feel so lonesome libbing in de loghouse on de lawn,
Dey move dar tings into massa's parlor for to keep it while he's gone.
Dar's wine an' cider in de kitchen, an' de darkeys dey'll have some;
I s'pose dey'll all be cornfiscated when de Lincoln soldiers come.

De massa run, Ha, Ha! De darkey stay, Ho, Ho!
It mus' be now de kindom coming, an' de year ob Jubilo!

De obserseer he make us trouble, an' he dribe us round a spell;
We lock him up in de smokehouse cellar, wid de key trown in de well.
De whip is lost, de han'cuff broken, but de massa'll hab his pay;
He's ole enough, big enough, ought to known better dan to went an' run away.

De massa run, Ha, Ha! De darkey stay, Ho, Ho!
It mus' be now de kindom coming, an' de year ob Jubilo!
Notes

(1) the "Muffstash" (mustache) was an attempt by "ol' Massa to disguise himself in order to escape the "yankee" soldiers.


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