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Ursprung des Titels If He Hollers Let Him Go von Chester Himes
Chester Himes Verses similar to the title of Chester Himes' novel If He Hollers Let Him Go occur in a number of folk songs popular during the early 1900's in New York City, the Wilkes-Barre and the Luzerne County.
Catch a Wiffer Woffer
Oh, I'm walkin' round the corner
Doing little harm
Along comes a policeman
And grabs me by the arm

Oh, he walks me round the corner
Rings a little bell
Along comes a wagon
And knocks me in a cell

Chorus
I'm singin' eenie meenie and a miney moh
Catch a wiffer woffer by the toe
And if it hollers, hollers, hollers,
Let it go, I'm singin' Eenie meenie and a miney moh

Oh, five o'clock in the morning
I looked up on the wall --
The roaches and the bedbugs
Were having a game of ball

Oh, the score was six to nothing
The roaches were ahead --
The bedbugs hit a home run
And knocked me out of bed

Chorus

Oh, six o'clock in the morning
The jailer comes around
A piece of bread and coffee
That weighs a half a pound

Oh, the coffee tastes like tobacco juice
The bread is hard and stale
But that's the way they treat the bums
In New York County Jail

Chorus

I went downtown for breakfast
I ordered ham and eggs
I ate so many pickles
The juice ran down my legs

I fell into a sewer
And that is where I died
They did not call it murder --
They called it sewer-cide

Chorus

Chester HimesBedbugs and Roaches
Skeeters and the Bedbugs

Chorus
Singing eenie meenie and a meinie moe.
Catch a wiffer woffer by the toe.
And if he hollers hollers hollers, let him go.
Singing eenie meenie and a minie moe.

I woke up Sunday morning and looked upon the wall.
The skeeters and the bedbugs were having a game of ball.
The score was nineteen-twenty, the skeeters were ahead.
The bedbugs hit a homer and knocked me out of bed.

Chorus

I woke up Monday morning... Tuesday... Wednesday...

HenryThe Good Book of Peter Henry
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Chester Himes
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