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Cover: drawing of an African American couple dressed in finery; photo inset of singer Miss Marie Dressler; Publisher: Shapiro Bernstein and von Tilzer (New York)
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
My Rufus is a dreadful tantalizer, His teasing almost takes away my breath; De gal dat looks at him I just dispise her; I tell you dat I love dat man to death; He knows that I'd do anything to please him, And when he comes a-callin' ev'ry day; My heart begins a-throbbin' when I sees him, An' ev'ry time I greets him in this way.
Rufus, don't tease me, Rufus, come squeeze me, Come and hug me till my bright eyes shine, Puckered am ma velvet lips, Babe, come and steal their honey drips, Rufus, don't tease me say you're mine all mine. Rufus, don't tease me, Rufus, come squeeze me, Come and hug me till my bright eyes shine, Puckered am ma velvet lips, Babe, come and steal their honey drips, Rufus, don't tease me say you're mine all mine.
The other night some sassy words were spoken, I told him in ma temper Go away; I told him our engagement it was broken; An' several other things I hate to say; The manner that I had was simply scornful, I asked him if he couldn't see the door; But then when Rufus looked so awful mournful, I jes' give in, and says to him once more.
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