Lyrics: First verse I heard de ol' folks talkin' in our house de other night ‘Bout Adam in de Scripture long ago, De lady folks all ‘bused him, said he knowed it wusn't right, An' ‘cose de men folks dey all said ""dat's so."" ""I felt sorry for Mistah Adam,"" an I felt like puttin' in ‘Cause I knows mo' dan dey do, all 'bout what made Adam sin. Chorus ""Adam never had no Mammy fur to take him on her knee"" And teach him right from wrong, an' show him things he ought to see; I know down in my heart dat he'd a let dat apple be, But Adam never had no dear ole Mammy. Second verse ""Adam never had no childhood ‘roun' de ol' log cabin do',"" He never knowed no pickaninny life, ""He started in a great big, grown up man,"" an' what is mo' He never had de right kind of a wife. Jes' a s'pose he'd had a Mammy when dat temptin did begin, An' she had come an' tol' him ""Son, don't eat dat, It's a sin."" (Chorus)
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