Sheet Music, 1910-1919


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MUM00682, 0228


Cover: painting of an African American mother holding a child on her lap; Publisher: Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Son (Hollywood)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th 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
You's ma little black baby wid a turned up nose, An' a little bunch o' wool upon yo' head; You's got dimples in yo' elbows an' wrinkles in yo' toes, An' a mouf lak a watermelyon red.First
You's ma sweet, sweet pertater, you's ma ripe, ripe termater, You's ma purty little black sugar ball; You's a little bit o' honey dat de bees ain't foun', You's ma own pickaninny - dat's all!
Second verse
You's de onlies' little darlin' in de whole roun' worl', An' you's got yo' little fingahs on my heart; You's ma little bit o' woolly headed brown eyed gal Dat I'se always longin' for when we're apart.
Second Chorus
For I doan' know what I'd do if it wasn't jes' fo' you, You's ma purty little black sugar ball; You's a little bit o' honey dat de bees ain't foun', You's ma own pickaninny, dat's all!

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A Little Bit O' Honey / music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond; words by W. G. Wilson



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