Joyanna Adams

Nobody's Opinion

Nobody Remembers: Massa

Nobody Remembers

I have some really old books in my library, and in one of the collections, is a set called The Book Of Knowledge: First printing was 1926.

In these books you can find most anything. Like how they make flour, and How to do just about anything. You know, the very simple things kids might wonder about but never learn in school.

In it was a poem by Stephen Foster, the author of The Suwanee River and My Old Kentucky Home, the theme still sung by everyone right before the Kentucky Derby.

I think you might find this interesting. I did. Nobody Wonders if he put it to music.

Not ALL slave owners were hated.

Massa’s in De Cold, Cold Ground.

Round de meadows am a-ringing
De darkeys’ mournful song.
While de mocking -bird am singing
Happy as de day am long.
Where de ivy am a-creeping
O’er de grassy mound.
Dere old massa am  -sleeping.
Sleeping in de cold, cold ground.

Down in de corn-field,
Hear dat mournful sound:
All de darketys am a-weeping—
Massa’s in de cold, cold ground.

When de autumn leaves were falling,
When de days were cold.
‘Twas hard to hear old massa calling,
Cayse he was so weak and old.
Now de summer days am coming—
Massa nebber calls no more

Massa make de darkeys love him,
Cayse he was so kind:
Now dey sadly weep above him
Mourning cayse he leave dem behind.

I cannot work before to-morrow
Cayse de tear -drop flow,
I try to drive away my sorrow,
Pickin on di old banjo.

February 28, 2019 - Posted by | History, Uncategorized |

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