Sheet Music, 1910-1919

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ISBN

MUM00682, 0148

Description

Cover: drawing of Caucasian male American troops unloading watermelons from a ship; caricature drawing inset of African American boys eating watermelons; Publisher: Richmond Publisher (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

Songs -- United States -- 20th Century; Popular Music -- United States

Relational Format

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Original Collection

Sheldon Harris Collection (MUM00682), Archives and Special Collections, University of Mississippi Libraries

Lyrics

Lyrics:
First verse
There's a steamboat coming this way, Loaded down with melons they say, It will be sailing away To France next Saturday. Won't those boys all open their eyes When they see those melon's arrive? They'll be so happy and glad they're all alive.
Chorus
When those boys from Dixie eat that melon on the Rhine, on the river Rhine, Won't that be fine, you bet you; There will be a Jubilee, And they'll be in line To meet them and eat them, like they used to do in Dixie How they miss that old plantation, And that water melon rine, So fine My big brother will be there, And you can bet your dough he'll get his share, When they eat that melon on the Rhine, the River Rhine. When those boys from Dixie eat that melon on the Rhine, on the river Rhine, Won't that be fine, you bet you; There will be a Jubilee, And they'll be in line To meet them and eat them, like they used to do in Dixie How they miss that old plantation, And that water melon rine, So fine My big brother will be there, And you can bet you r dough he'll get his share, When they eat that melon on the Rhine, the River Rhine.
Second verse
Give them each a melon or two, When they have some fighting to do, Just watch those German's retreat, They'll meet their waterloo. They'll surrender all in a bunch Just to get a melon for lunch. Slice them and like them, I've got a little hunch.
(Chorus)

Content Disclaimer

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.

When the Boys from Dixie Eat the Melon on the Rhine / music by Ernest Breuer; words by Alfred Bryan

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