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 [141. Tacoomah makes a Dance.]


141. Tacoomah makes a Dance.

Medleys of this character seem to have been a popular form of entertainment and may still be common, though the examples I have were given me in every case by old men. They are composed of scraps of song or whole scenes from well-known Nansi stories, together with game-songs, imitations of animal sounds, and "rhyming," strung together much like our own musical medleys--the last line of one suggesting the first of the next. In this example, story-songs from numbers 97 and 86 are followed by a game dialogue; next by some animal imitations; last, by a specimen of Jamaica "rhyming." Other examples of this kind of improvised "rhyming" are:

"Mr. Might, jump up a height, after a kite,
And knock his eye, upon his hog-sty, and cry out 'hi!
    oh, my! why should I die'."

"There is a boat, and in the boat, is a goat, and has
    a long coat, catch him under the throat."

Next: Note 142. Anansi makes a Dance.