Cover: drawing of African Americans, dressed in finery, dancing under the stars; description novelty jazz song; Publisher: Witmark and Sons (Chicago)
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
Ma honey we're invited, to a mighty swell affair. Ma honey I'm delighted, That they asked us to be there. Cause we will mix from four to six, with the Darktown Social Set. It's something new we're goin'to, So, ma honey don't forget.
At your door I'll be bout half past three, so be ready Hon' to go with me. Wegotta start real early, cause you know My Old Tin Lizzie is awful slow. Jasper Johnson and his Jazzy band, Is goin' to play the Jazz we understand My honey we will Ball the Jack Right up to Paradise and back, With all the Colored aristocracy, At the Coffee Cooler's Tea. At your Tea.
Ma honey, quit your teasin', Say you'll come along with me. Ma honey, there's no reason, That you turn down this swell tea. Don't be afraid, my rent is paid, so take this coin and go. And buy a gown the best in town, That's what worried you I know.
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.