Short'nin Bread

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Antebellum slave children's song

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|: Mammy's little baby loves short'nin', short'nin',
Mammy's little baby loves short'nin' bread. :|

Put on de skillet, put on de lead,
Mammy's gonna make a little shortnin bread.
Dat aint all she's gonna do,
Mammy's gonna make a little coffee too.
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2. Three little darkies lying in bed
Two was sick an' the other 'most dead.
Send for the doctor, the doctor said,
"Feed dose darkies on short'nin bread!"
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3. Slip to de kitchen, slip up de lead,
Slip ma pockets full of short'nin' bread.
Stole de skillet, stole de lead,
Stole de gal to make short'nin' bread.
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4. Dey caught me wi' de skillet, dey caught me wi' de lead,
Caught me wi' de gal makin' short'nin bread.
Six dollars fo' de skillet, paid six dollars fo' de lead,
Spent six months in jail eatin' short'nin bread.
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