Them Ol’ Black Gnats 

From Negro Folk Rhymes, by Thomas W. Talley, 1922. 
Recorded on Bound to Go led by Big Llou Johnson. 

Them ol’ black gnats, they is so bad 
I cain’t get outta here 
They bites & stings and drives me mad
 I cain’t get outta here 

Them ol’ black gnats, they sings the song 
I cain’t get outta here 
Ol’ Satan get you before long 
You cain’t get outta here 

They burns my ears, gets in my eye 
I cain’t get outta here 
They makes me dance, they makes me cry 
I cain’t get outta here 

I fans and knocks but they won’t go away 
I cain’t get outta here 
They makes me wish was Judgment Day,
For I cain’t get outta here