Cover: Description reads An Ethiopian Oddity; Publisher: T. B. Harms and Co. (New York)
Subject Headings (Library of Congress)
Songs -- United States -- 19th Century; Popular Music -- United States
Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries
When de banjo's a-strummin' And de darkies a-hummin', Den I want yer, ma honey, yes, I do! I'm a thinkin' ob yer daily, Dress'd so sweet and also gaily, and my hear is forever true to you! I'm a-thinking ob yer sadly, Co's I love yer mighty madly, And I don't know what to do! So come back to please me, Don't try for to tease me, Co's I want yer, Ma honey, yes, I do!
I want yer, ma honey, yes, I want yer mighty badly; I'm a longin' for yer daily, Co's I love yer mighty madly! So come back to please me, Don't try for to tease me, Co's I want yer, ma honey, yes, I want yer, want yer, want yer; Co's I want yer, ma honey, yes, I do!
When de stars am a-gleamin' And de birds am a-dreamin', Den I want yer, ma honey, yes, I do! For I love yer ev'ry minute, And nobody else is in it, And my heart is forever true to you! Den don't linger longer, Co's my love yer mighty madly, And I don't know what to do! So come back, my lady, My love and my baby, Co's I want yer, ma honey, yes, I do!
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.