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​C-H-I-C-K-E-N Spells Chicken

This song is by Kirk McGee And Blythe Poteet and appears on the compilation Good for What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937 (2005).

In a little country school out where the darkies used to go
There lived a little nigger by the name of rag-time Joe
One day that teacher called his class to spell out some sort of a bird
That kind of a bird was a chicken and could not spell the word
So the teacher called on the rag time Joe to spell the word to them
He didn't hesitate a bit, this a-the way he began:

C is the way to begin
H is the next letter in
I that is the third
C is the middle of the word
K is the filling in
E is near the end
C-H-I-C-K-E-N that am the word to spell chicken

Father Johnson gave a concert in the old church house one night
Hired himself a lot of talents that could sing and couldn't recite
Now when they pulled the curtain everything went wrong you know
Until (?) loudly yelled let's hit the ragtime joe
He sang a ragtime he could sing but did not take so well
He said I went on (?) so I guess I'll have to spell
And then he told the audience he had (?) the chicken song
And when he spelled those words to them he topped the house with (?)

C is the way to begin
H is the next letter in
I that is the third
C is the middle of the word
K is the filling in
E is near the end
C-H-I-C-K-E-N that am the word to spell chicken

C is the way to begin
H is the next letter in
I that is the third
C is the middle of the word
K is the filling in
E is near the end
C-H-I-C-K-E-N that am the word to spell chicken