Turnip Greens

Cat. #1084 (MFH #650) - As sung by Ollie Gilbert, Mountain View, Arkansas on May 12, 1970

I had a dream the other night
I dreamed that I could fly
Flapped my wing together
An' flew up in th sky
And, at th gate Mor Peter
Said I Looked so neat
He invited me to dinner
An' this is what we eat

Turnip greens, turnip greens
Good old turnip greens
Cornbread an' buttermilk
An' good ole turnip greens

Mor Peter kinda asked me
From what town I did fly
I told 'im old Flangingston
Flew up in th sky
He talked to me thru a telephone
Sayin' I don't know what it means
For a thousand people around that town
Lived on turnip greens

Mor Peter said from Flamintown
I only had one man
An' he could hardly stay
In this happy land
He said, he didn't care for honey or sugar or cream
But his heart was set on something
Ole good ole turnip greens