In The Evening By The Moonlight

1In de ebening by de moonlight when dis darkie's work was over,
2We would gather round de fire, 'till hoecake it was done.
3Den we all would eat our supper, after dat we'd clear de kitchen,
4Dat's only time we had to spare, to hab a little fun,
5Uncle Gabe would take de fiddle down, dat hung upon de wall,
6While de silv'ry moon was shining clear and bright,
7How de old folks would enjoy it, they would sit all night and listen,
8As we sang in de ebening by de moonlight.
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11In de ebening by de moonlight, you could hear us darkies singing,
12In de ebening by de moonlight you could hear de banjo ringing.
13How the old folks would enjoy it,
14They would sit all night and listen,
15As we sang in de ebening by de moonlight.
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17In de ebening by de moonlight when de watchdog would be sleeping,
18In de corner near de fireplace, beside de ole armchair,
19What Aunt Chloe used to sit and tell de Piccaninnies stories,
20And de cabin would be fill'd wid merry coons from near and far,
21All dem happy times we used to hab, will ne'er return again,
22Eb'ry thing was den so merry gay and bright,
23And I nebber will forget it, when our daily toll was ober,
24How we sang in de ebening by de moonlight.
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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