Sheet Music, 1900-1909
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Cover: drawing of three African American male faces; photo inset of Irving Jones; text reads: The most successful song hit of 1901. As introduced and sung by Lew Dockstader.; Publisher: Sol Bloom (Chicago)
Subject Headings (Library of Congress)
Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States
Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries
Although it's not my color. I'm feeling mighty blue; I've got a lot of trouble, I'll tell it all to you; I'm certainly clean disgusted With life and that's a fact. Because my hair is woolly And because my color's black. My gal, she took a notion Against the colored race, She said if I would win her I'd have to change my face; She said if she should wed me, That she'd regret it soon, And now I'm shook, yes, good and hard, Because I am a coon
Coon! Coon! Coon! I wish my color would fade; Coon! Coon! Coon! I'd like a different shade Coon! Coon! Coon! Morning, night and noon, I wish I was a white man Stead of a Coon! Coon! Coon! Coon! Coon! Coon! I wish my color would fade; Coon! Coon! Coon! I'd like a different shade Coon! Coon! Coon! Morning, night and noon, I wish I was a white man Stead of a Coon! Coon! Coon!
I had my face enameled, I had my hair made straight, I dressed up like a white man, And cert'nly did look great; Then started out to see her, Just shortly after dark, But on the way to meet my babe I had to cross a park; Just as I was a-thinking I had things fixed up right, I passed a tree where two doves Sat making love at night; They stopped and looked me over, I saw my finish soon, When both those birds said good and loud, Coo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oon.
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