Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers with Riley Puckett:
Watermelon on the Vine (1926)


See dat watermelon, runnin' through de fence
I really wish that watermelon was mine!
But the white folks dey am foolish, for de niggers got a lot of sense
Or dey wouldn't leave it a-hangin' on that vine!

Ah, de hambones am sweet, chicken am good
Rabbit is so very, very fine
But gimme, oh gimme, oh how I wisht you would 
That a-watermelon hangin' on that vine.

You talk about your apple and your peaches and your pears
P'simmons a-growin' on de tree
But bless your heart, for honey, you am de gal for me
Or dey wouldn't leave it a-hangin' on dat vine!

Now de hambones am sweet, chicken am good
Rabbit is so very, very fine
But gimme, oh gimme, oh how I wisht you would 
That a-watermelon a-hangin' on dat vine.

I went to git dat melon, 'twas on one Sunday night
Stars dey had jest begin to shine
But when I left dat old man's field, I lef' out in a run
But I never lef' dat chillun on dat vine!

Now de hambones am sweet, chicken am good
Rabbit is so very, very fine
But gimme, oh gimme, oh how I wisht you would 
Dat a-watermelon a-hangin' on dat vine!


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