Aunt Jemimah survives by selling sticking plaster. With it she might catch a thief, keep a wayward husband from straying, etc. Chorus: "Sheepskin and beeswax Makes an awful plaster, The harder you try to get it off, The more it sticks the faster."
Aunt Jemima's Plaster Partial text(s) *** A *** From John Harrington Cox, Folk-Songs Mainly From West Virginia (published as the second part of George Herzog, Herbert Halpert, George Boswell, editors, Traditional Ballads and Folk-Songs Mainly from West Virginia), #23, pp. 183-184. From Miss Lyle Hatcher, Beckley, March 1, 1925, and ultimately from Mrs. J. W. Bowmen. Aunt Jemima she was old, But very kind and clever; She had a notion of her own, That she would marry never. Of all mankind, she did declare, That none should be her master; She made her living, day by day, By selling of a plaster. Refrain Sheepskin and beeswax Make this awful plaster; The more you try to get it off, The more it sticks the faster. (2 additional stanzas)
Said to be a version of "Bees wax," a song sung by (but perhaps not written by) Dan Emmett. Cohen says it was written by Septimus Winner, but lists other claims of authorship. - RBW