Lyrics: First verse Deacon Johnson was a preachin' to his flock, At a big camp meetin' one day, At a big camp meetin' one day; When a brother who was sittin' list'nin' to his text, Got angry and was forced to say, Got angry and was forced to say: ""Brudder! how can you preach And expect to teach these folks how to be good? When I saw you dis morn' ‘bout two, Right in my chicken coop? And any time a thief is round, My dogs commence to howl, I caught you fair, but you declared: ‘You came to buy a fowl.'"" Chorus Jasper Johnson shame on you! You can't preach and rob me too! You might fool me no wand then, But you don't buy fowl at to A.M. I know what I'm talking about And I wants the people here to find you out; So they can all stand up and shout: ""Shame on you!"" Jasper Johnson shame on you! You can't preach and rob me too! You might fool me no wand then, But you don't buy fowl at to A.M. I know what I'm talking about And I wants the people here to find you out; So they can all stand up and shout: “Shame on you!”
Second verse Deacon Johnson tried his best to square himself, ‘Fore the congregation that day, ‘Fore the congregation that day; He was gettin’ awful angry when he loudly said: “’Bout me you should not talk that way, ‘Bout me you should not talk that way, Brudder! please don’t abuse Or ever accuse a full-fledged Christian man, I am the deacon of this church And one true son of Ham; The Good Book says: ‘Thou shalt not steal!’ With me you’ll all agree, As I passed by that brother’s house, That chicken followed me.”
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The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://220.127.116.11/cdm4/intro_harris.php