|Ursprung des Titels If He Hollers Let Him Go von
|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
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
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
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
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
Bedbugs and Roaches
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.
I woke up Monday morning... Tuesday... Wednesday...
The Good Book of Peter Henry