A patterroller was a patrolman who patrolled plantation borders before the Civil War. (source)

Lyrics

Run chillen, run, the patterroller catch you*, Run chillen, run, it’s almost day.
Run chillen, run, the patterroller catch you, Run chillen, run, it’s almost day.

1. That child ran and that child flew.
That child lost his Sun-day shoe.  Refrain

2. Jumped the fence and ran through the pasture,
First ran slow and then he ran faster. Refrain

3. Let me tell you what I’ll do,
I’m going to find me a Sunday shoe. Refrain

4. Let me tell you where I’ll be,
I’m going to hide behind that tree. Refrain

*You could change the lyrics to: “Run children run, run around the playground”

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