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
Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries
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!
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.
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!
The derogatory terms, images, and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the University of Mississippi. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid students of music, history, and other disciplines to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th- and early 20th-centuries.