[Ads-l] Cited in Green's

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 24 03:56:01 UTC 2022

1969 [image: [US]] H. Rap Brown Die Nigger Die!
<https://greensdictofslang.com/sources/6826> 8: I don’t call you nigger
’cause you’re mine /
 I call you nigger ’cause you shine.

I know a version of this from 1948, Marshall, Texas:

I don't call you "sun" because you shine
I call you "son" because you mine.

I.e., I done fucked yo' mama.
That makes more sense than Brown's version.

- Wilson
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
- Mark Twain

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