“Go Slow, Boys (Banjo Pickin')”


"Go slow, boys, don't make no noise, For old Massa's sleepin'. Go down to the barnyard an' wake up the boys, An' let's have a little banjo pickin'. For oh, it's almost mornin', Don't you hear the old cock crowin'?" The slaves (?) sneak off to a dance


  1. Randolph 278, "Go Slow, Boys" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BrownIII 427, "Have a Little Banjo Beating" (1 text); also probably 118, "Hush, Honey, Hush" (1 fragment)
  3. Roud #7783
  4. BI, R278


Alternate titles: “The Banjo Picking”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1928
Keywords: music slavery
Found in: US(SE,So)