Cover: drawing of an African American male talking to an African American female; description reads An Ethiopian Character Creation; Publisher: Weber Fields and Stromberg (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
Dear Liza I've a dang'rous reputation, And a desp'rate diserposition when I start, So don't talk of divorce or separation, For if you leave me gal, you'll break my heart, The coons all say you've hypnotized me, And hold me by some strange and magic spell, Why I loves you I don't know, You're homlier than an old black crow And why I linger 'round you Lize, I'm blessed if I can tell.
You're not good looking, You're a big fat ugly coon, You're not so stylish for your clothes am out of tune, You are de blackest wench dat ever crossed de pike, Yet dar's somethin' about yer I like. like.
You yaller half-breed you're an imitation, Don't you make no bluffs bout what yer gwine to do, You're far beneath my dignity and station, There's icy coldness in my heart for you, Beware of my angel face I warn you, I'm a good friend but a very bitter foe, You can't scare a little bit, I'll cut your wings so you can't flit you unsophisticated wench, What makes me love you so? (Chorus)
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.