Voice: You ain' got no manners. Is you seed me today?
Hezekiah: See you today, en I ain't see you. I ain't know nothen 'bout no manners tonight, an' I ain't no manners, an' I ain't care nothen 'bout no manners.
Voice: How come, brother?
Hezekiah: I come from Dry Branch to Pea Ridge, and when I come against the Barrs Field by Miss Jimmie Crossin', a little ooman, with a check gingham dress, with a red handkerchief 'roun' her head and a big bunch of key hang from her apron, stan' in front of me an' I hail her, an' she say "Wey my chile?" An' she look at me, an' she act like she guine jinee me. An' she ain't look natural, an' I move to walk and she walk 'side me an' she say "Wey my chile?" An' she ain't say nothen but "Wey my chile?" An' I walk fas', an' I run an' she run, an' I turn off Pea Ridge Crossing an' she riz' up 'afore me, an' she ain't tech de groun', an' she say, "Fine my chile!" an' she float way off in de air, an' atter she gone I hear in de bush, in de field an' in de air, in de cloud an' in de sky, I hear "Wey my chile?""Fine my chile!" An' it ain't been natural an' it ain' been life, an' she ain't holler, an' she ain't cry. She just moan, "Wey my chile? Fine my chile"! It ain't been life, an' it might have been death, but it ain't been natural. My ears is bustin' an' my head is full, an' I ain't hear nothen' but de moanin' of de ooman, "Wey my chile? Fine my chile!"
An' I done hear it in de night when de sun is shet out, on de dark night and on de moon-lit night, dis ooman walk, an' dey ain't no ooman, an' dey ain't nothen but de onrestless sperrit, an' it walk from Pea Ridge to Dry Branch, an' she always moan, an' the soun' of her voice an' de rattle of her key, an' her gingham dress an' her red handkerchief, an' de light of her eyes could be seen on de earth, an' de soun' of her voice could be heard in de skies, an' in de dark bushes, an' in de air, an' out in de night de sinful will hear, "Wey my chile? Fine my chile!"
Over de fields and across de woods, from Pea Ridge to Dry Branch, "Wey my chile? Fine my chile!"