Cover: text reads: Songs in Negro Dialect; Publisher: Oliver Ditson Company (Boston)
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
H'm H'm When I was a little baby, I remember long ago Daddy would sit all ebnin And play de ole banjo. Mammy den would call me honey, Take me up upon her knee, And foldin' me to her bosom Would sing dis song to me.
Doan ye cry, ma honey, Doan ye weep no mo', Mammy's gwine to hold her baby, All de udder black trash sleepin' on de flo', Mammy only lubs her boy. Doan ye cry, ma honey, Doan ye weep no mo', Mammy's gwine to hold her baby, All de udder black trash sleepin' on de flo', Mammy only lubs her boy.
H'm H'm When I got emancipateion, Den I t'ought I'd like to roam I left de ole plantation To find a northern home. Soon I got ma dear ole Dinah, Den ma pickaninny Jim, And Dinah would hold him closely And sing dis song to him.
H'm H'm Now Ise getting ole and weary, Now ma hair is turning gray, I is so drefful lonely Since Dinah went away. Mammy, too, I know is waiting Standin' on de shinin' sho', I gladly would give ma freedom To hear her sing once mo' (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.