George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Feb 4 01:40:23 UTC 2010

Raccoons are reputed to be very clever.  A folksong as old as 1822 begins

Opossum up a Gum Tree
Tinkey none can follow;
Him damn quite mistaken,
Racoon in de hollow.
Opossum him creep softly,
Racoon him lay mum,
Pull him by de long tail,
Down opossum come.
Jinkum, jankum, beaugash,
Twist'em, twin'em, run:
Oh de poor opossum,
Oh de sly racoon


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

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