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Raise a Ruckus Tonight, song lyrics

Song: Raise a Ruckus Tonight
Lyrics: n/a

Music: 19th Century
Year: n/a
Genre: American Folk Song
Country: USA


My old master promised me,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
That when he died he'd set me free,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
He lived so long his head got bald,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
He got out the notion of dyin' at all,
Raise a ruckus tonight.

(CHORUS:)
Come along, little children, come along,
Come while the moon is shining bright.
Get on board, little children, get on board,
We're gonna raise a ruckus tonight.

My old mistress promised me,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
Sarah, I'm gonna set you free,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
She lived till her head got slick and bald,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
And the Lord wouldn't kill her with a big green maul,
Raise a ruckus tonight.
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(CHORUS)

Yes, they both done promised me,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
But their promise didn't set me free,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
A dose of pizin helped them along,
Raise a ruckus tonight,
May the Devil preach their funeral song,
Raise a ruckus tonight.

(CHORUS)


Notes:

1 - The Liberated Woman's Songbook, by Jerry Silverman, 1971, p.122-123, ISBN: 0815607083

2 - As per the Liberated Woman's Songbook, "A Negro folk song of the ante-bellum South."