“Stand, Boys, Stand”


"Stan', boys, stan', Dah's now no use a-runnin', Use a-runnin'. Look up on yondah hill An' see ol' massa comin', Massa comin', See 'im comin'." "Bowie knife in one hand An' pistol in de tother." "Oberseer wid his stick... Ruckus bound to happen."


Reportedly a song sung by a Black work gang when they had been caught idling. They reportedly covered by having one of their number feign illness. - RBW


  1. Scarborough-NegroFS, p. 232, (no title) (1 text)
  2. BI, ScNF232A


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1925 (Scarborough)
Keywords: work slave
Found in: US(So)