Sheet Music, 1834-1899


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MUM00682, 0425


Cover: photo of Greg Patti; description reads a darky love lament; Publisher: Chas B. Ward Music Publishing Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

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

Relational Format

music score

Original Format


Original Collection

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


First verse
I listen to the shouthwinds gently sighing, They speak of you ma lady Lu, To read the loving meessage I've been trying, And it tells me that ma babe is true. The shadows of the night are softly falling Ma honey Lu so fond and true. The mockingbirds, and whippoorwills are calling To their mates, as I call you.
Come to me ma Lady Lu come, be ma own sweet babe oh! do, oh! do. You know I love you so, oh honey don't say no! I'd die for you, ma lady Lu. Seems when I look in your eyes, My heart it jumps with joy and glad surprise, If I could only dare to read your answer there, Then I'd know that you's ma lady Lu.
Second verse
It just seems natural as the flowers to blossom, Ma love for you that's how it grew, And now to me you's sweeter than the possum, Don't say no, twould break my heart in two. You member when I met you in the springtime A little Zu now lady Lu. The orange blushes red, when kiss'd by sunshine, So you blushed when I kissed you.

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.

Ma Lady Lu / music by Edwin S. Brill; words by Chas W. Doty



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