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Paul Laurence Dunbar - A Negro Love Song

Seen my lady home las' night, 
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hel' huh han' an' sque'z it tight,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hyeahd huh sigh a little sigh,
Seen a light gleam f'om huh eye,
An' a smile go flittin' by --
Jump back, honey, jump back. 
Hyeahd de win' blow thoo de pine,
Jump back, honey, jump back. 
Mockin'-bird was singin' fine,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
An' my hea't was beatin' so,
When I reached my lady's do',
Dat I could n't ba' to go --
Jump back, honey, jump back.

Put my ahm aroun' huh wais',
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Raised huh lips an' took a tase,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Love me, honey, love me true?
Love me well ez I love you?
An' she answe'd, "'Cose I do"--
Jump back, honey, jump back. 

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Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poem: A Negro Love Song
Poem of the Day: Jul 13 2011

Comment 4 of 4, added on November 2nd, 2011 at 1:07 PM.
comment on a negro love song


fred lackey from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on May 6th, 2009 at 11:51 AM.

This is a great poem and I love the fact that his writing about the women that he loves is very cute!

Caramel from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on March 29th, 2008 at 1:32 AM.

This is a fun piece to work especilly with the youth. The "hook" in this song is "Jump back, honey, jump back!" If presented to a crowd, allowing the "audience" to recite the "hook" in unison creates a lasting impression. It is often requested!

Rasheeda K. Ali from United States

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