Po' Li'l Ella

DESCRIPTION: "I'll tell you somep'n that bothers my mind: Po' li'l Ella laid down an' died." "I wouldn't a-minded little Ella dyin', But she left three chillum." "Judge, you dome me wrong, Ninety-nine years is sho' too long!"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (Scarborough)
KEYWORDS: death homicide children punishment prison judge
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Scarborough-NegroFS, pp. 278-279, "Po' Li'l Ella" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [19 words]: Scarborough claims this is "a favorite in East Texas sawmill districts." But I've seen no other signs of it. - RBW
File: ScNF278B

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