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African American Children's Songs

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Hambone

Hambone, Hambone, where you been?

'Round the world and back again!

Hambone, Hambone, where's your wife?

In the kitchen cooking rice.

Hambone, Hambone, have you heard?

Papa's gonna buy me a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird don't sing

Papa's gonna buy me a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring don't shine,

Papa's gonna buy me a fishing line.

Hambone, Hambone, where you been?

'Round the world and back again!

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