Sheet Music, 1900-1909


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MUM00682, 0040


Cover: drawing of a cigar smoking African American male staring down at the one dollar bill in his hands; around him, bills of various denominations fly away on wings; Publisher: Walter Jacobs (Boston)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

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Original Collection

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


First verse
Rastus Jenkins was a gamblin' coon And he spent his money free, But this mornin' he was feelin' sad And he told this tale to me; he said I've been a rollin' bones, And they cert'ny cleaned me dead, When I looked at my last dollar bill In the saddest tones I said: (Well)
Goodbye Mister Greenback, I hates to see you go, it makes me sad when I part with you' Cause my bank account amlow, you and I should ever meet again I'd say Why how de do. but now I'll kiss you Faretheewell, That means goodbye to you. you.
Second verse
Rastus soon got tir'd of gamblin' life And he thought he'd settle down, Took his lady and pertic'ler friends To the home of Parson Brown; The knot was tied then the Parson said Just give me what you will, Well you'd laugh to hear what Rastus said As he kissed his dollar bill;(Well)

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Good-bye Mister Greenback / music by Thos. S. Allen; words by Thos S. Allen



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