Cover: drawing of an African American couple gazing into each others eyes; Publisher: Jerome H. Remick and Co. (Detroit)
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
Dixie dimples deepen Dixie hearts are beatin' Dixie heads and hands are keepin' time Down in Cotton Hollow they just sort of wallow In an atmosphere of melody and rhyme That hamlet harmonizes night and day Singin' when they fight or when they pray
Hear those cotton pickers moan Hear the deacon's baritone The mammies sweep in rythm their pickaninnies with em Prancin' dancin' all around the cabin clearin' See that long lean lazy bass Makin' such an awful face With the band a jazzin' like a jubilee Darkies actin' like they just got free That's Cotton Hollow Harmony-ny
Dixie voices singin'' Dixie banjos ringin' Cotton Hollow's syncopatin' grand Each gal has a fellow moonlight makes em mellow Even Uncle Tom's a-holdin'' some gal's hand List'nin' to those chords sure does inspire Kettles can't help hummin' on the fire
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.