Sheet Music, 1834-1899

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ISBN

MUM00682, 0069

Description

Cover: photo of singer Miss Frankie M. Raymond; Publisher: Willis Woodward and Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 19th Century; Popular Music -- United States

Relational Format

music score

Original Format

scores

Original Collection

Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries

Lyrics

Lyrics:
First verse
I's a little Alabama Coon! And I has'nt been born very long I member seein' a great big round moon! I member heaarin' one sweet song! When dey tote me down to de cotton field, Dar I roll and I tumble in de sun! While my daddy pick de cotton, mammy watch me grow, And dis am de song she sung!Go to sleep, my little picaninny, Brer' Fox ll catch you if yo' don't; Slumber on de bosom of yo' ole Mammy Jinny, Mammy's gwine to swat yo' if you won't; (baby cry) sh! sh! sh! Lula, lula lula lula lu! Under neaf de silver Southern moon; Rockaby! hushaby! Mammy's little baby, Mammy's little Alabama Coon!
Chorus
Go to sleep my liittle picaninny, Brer' Fox ll catch you if yo' don't; Slumber on de bosom of yo' ole Mammy Jinny, Mammy's gwine to swat yo' if you won't, (baby cry) sh! Lulalula lulalulalu; Underneaf de silver Southern moon! Rockaby! hushaby! Mammy's little baby, Mammy's little Alabama Coon!
Second verse
Dis h'yar little Alabama Coon! Specks to be a growed up man some day Dey's gwine to christen me hyar very soon! My name's gwine to be Henry Clay When I's big, I's gwine to wed a yellow gal, Den we'll have picaninnys ob our own! Den dat yellow gal shall rock em on heeer bosom, And dis am de song she'll croon! Go to sleep, my little picaninny, Brer' Fox ll catch you if yo' don't; Slumber on de bosom of yo' ole Mammy Jinny, Mammy's gwine to swat yo' if you won't; (baby cry) sh! sh! sh! Lula, lula lula lula lu! Under neaf de silver Southern moon; Rockaby! hushaby! Mammy's little baby, Mammy's little Alabama Coon!
(Chorus)

Content Disclaimer

The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries.

Little Alabama Coon / music by and Paley; words by Hattie Starr

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