Cover: photo of Lew. Dockstader in blackface; A Disturbance in Coontown; Publisher: W. B. Gray 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
I had a gal and her name was Lou, Thought unto me dat gal was true, But with another coon she flew, It almost broke my heart in two, I went to the place where she resides, And for dat wench I loudly cried, Somebody hollored from inside, Who do you want? and I replied,
I want my Lulu My baby Lou, I loves her true Indeed I do, I want my Lulu My baby Lou, I'd rather die than lose Lulu. I want my lu
Up to de door like a cat I ran, There stood a dangerous big black man, Had a piece of lead pipe in his hand, I drew my gun, de fight began, De coon took de lead pipe beat my head, Left me a laying dere for dead, When I cam too that coon had fled, Den I got up and loudly said.
Round dat ere house until dark I stayed, I sharpened up my razor blade, Den a big hole in de door I made, Crawled inside while my plans I laid, I sneaked up de stairs with stealthy tread, Carved the big coon and thought him dead, Den with my Lulu off I fled, And as we left dat house I said.
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.