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Thread #99032   Message #4092993
Posted By: Jim Dixon
13-Feb-21 - 04:53 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Songs about Rabbits
Subject: Lyr Add: MISTER RABBIT / MR. RABBIT
Two more versions of the song posted by oldhippie back on 26-Feb-2007:

From On the Trail of Negro Folk-Songs by Dorothy Scarborough (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1925), page 174, where it appears with musical notation for the melody line:


MISTER RABBIT

1. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, yo’ ears mighty long.”
“Yes, my lawd, dey’re put on wrong!
Every little soul must shine, shine, shine.
Every little soul must shine, shine, shine.”

2. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, yo’ coat mighty grey.”
“Yes, my lawd, ‘twas made dat way!...”

3. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, yo’ feet mighty red.”
“Yes, my lawd, I’m a-almost dead!…”

4. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, yo’ tail mighty white.”
“Yes, my lawd, an’ I’m a-gittin’ out o’ sight!…”


MR. RABBIT
As recorded by Burl Ives on Columbia (90050-V), 1949, which can be heard at the Internet Archive.
(Apparently part of a series called “Animal Fair (Songs for Children)”)

SPOKEN: Here, here, Mister Rabbit, I want to talk to you!

1. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, your coat’s mighty gray.”
“Yes, bless God, it’s made that way.
Ev’ry little soul must shine, shine
Ev’ry little soul must shine, shine.”

2. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, your ears are mighty long.”
Yes, bless God, they’re put on wrong….”

3. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, your ears are mighty thin.”
Yes, bless God, they’re splittin’ the wind….”

4. “Mister Rabbit, Mister Rabbit, your eyes are mighty red.”
Yes, bless God, I’m almost dead….”