Sheet Music, 1900-1909


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MUM00682, 0151


Cover: drawing of a serpent tempting a bust of Eve with an apple; photo inset of singer Aida Overton Walker; Publisher: The Gotham-Attucks Music Co. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

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

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


First verse
I heard de ol' folks talkin' in our house de other night Bout Adam in de Scripture long ago, De lady folks all bused him, said he knowed it wusn't right, An' cose de men folks dey all said dat's so. I felt sorry for Mistah Adam, an I felt like puttin' in Cause I knows mo' dan dey do, all 'bout what made Adam sin.
Adam never had no Mammy fur to take him on her knee And teach him right from wrong, an' show him things he ought to see; I know down in my heart dat he'd a let dat apple be, But Adam never had no dear ole Mammy.
Second verse
Adam never had no childhood roun' de ol' log cabin do', He never knowed no pickaninny life, He started in a great big, grown up man, an' what is mo' He never had de right kind of a wife. Jes' a s'pose he'd had a Mammy when dat temptin did begin, An' she had come an' tol' him Son, don't eat dat, It's a sin.

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Why Adam Sinned / music by Alex Rogers; words by Alex Rogers



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