Cover: drawing of African Americans playing music and dancing; photo inset of Eddie McGrath (see #73); Publisher: Leo Feist Inc. (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
Quite some excitement, down South Car'lina way, Ev'ry darky's feeling gay, They celebrate today; Don't get excited, why, you're invited, Mammy never slighted anyone, I know; Grab your pal, your steady gal and go.
I'm on my way to Mammy blossom's Possum party, Ev'ry little darky will be gay and hearty, Dressed in the best of Sunday go to meetin'; Sally Simmons picked persimmons, possum trimmin's too, you better come, There'll be some mighty scrumptious eatin', you'll see it all on mammy's bill of fare; There'll be some ham, there'll be some lamb, there'll be some jam, there'll be some yams, I'm on my way to Mammy Blossom's Possum Party, for there's goin' to be a good time there. I'm on my way to Mammy blossom's Possum party, Ev'ry little darky will be gay and hearty, Dressed in the best of Sunday go to meetin'; Auntie Skinner's chicken dinners never could compare, you better come, There'll be some mighty goody eatin', you'll see it all on mammy's bill of fare; There'll be some cake, some nice crab flake, and you'll partake of juicy steak, I'm on my way to Mammy Blossom's Possum Party, for there's goin' to be a good time there.
Come on get happy, put your best clothes on and go, Bring along your sister Flo, Your Aunt and Uncle Joe; How can you stand there? They'll have some band there, You'll know it when you land there, and you'll love it so; Bring your fiddle and your old banjo.
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.