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Roaring River: a refrain of the red river plantation Harpers creek and roaring ribber,[sic., etc.] Thar, my dear, we’ll live forebber; Den we’ll go to de Ingin nation In S Northrup (1855) Twelve years a slave. Doesn’t appear to be whitey singing.


Googled the lyrics, found it to be a traditional song: Searching for the title "Poor Howard" found at least one version.


I can't offer a full answer (not of the quality that would satisfy me), but the following may provide a path for further research. Atlanta and Environs cites Marion Starkey The Cherokee Nation, 1946, page 109

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