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Just As Well as He, song lyrics

Song: Just As Well as He
Lyrics: Adella Hunt Logan(1)

Music: to the tune of "Coming through the Rye"
Year: 1912
Genre: Traditional
Country: USA

If a body pays the taxes,
    Surely you'll agree
That a body earns the franchise
    Whether he or she...
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Every man now has the ballot;
    None you know have we,
But we have brains and we can use them
    Just as well as he.

If a home that has a father
    Needs a mother too,
Then every state has men voters
    Needs its women too.


1 - There is an Adella (Hunt) Logan listed in the Cataloge of Atlanta University 1887-1892, is listed as a teacher in the Normal School (which trained teachers), in Tuskegee, Alabama. This is likely the same person as this song was written in Tuskegee in the Summer of 1912.

2 - According to, Votes for Women!: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, the South, by Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, Adella Hunt Logan wrote two important articles on women's suffrage, one in 1905 called "Woman Suffrage" published in "The Colored American" magazine, and another in 1912, "Colored Women as Voters" that appeared in "Crisis" the NAACP's monthly magazine.