Sheet Music, 1910-1919

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ISBN

MUM00682, 0107

Description

Cover: drawing of a peaceful log cabin scene at night; description reads waltz lullaby; Publisher: McKinley Music Co. (Chicago)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

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

Relational Format

music score

Original Format

scores

Original Collection

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

Lyrics

Lyrics:
First verse
The moon is sailing low where souther'n breezes blow, It's twilight round the cabin door, When silv'ry stars appear, I hear my Mammy dear A-singing as in days of yore, And it seems again I'm on her knee And she's crooning this sweet melody.
Chorus
Oh, rockabye, my honey, while close to Mammy's breat, The firlds of snowy white are gleaming thro' the night, (So close your eyes, my dusky little Pickaninny). Sweet magnolias swaying, The birds have gone to rest; Just drift and dream on slumber stream While Mammy sings the Pickaninny Blues. Oh, rockabye, my honey, while close to Mammy's breast, The fields of snowy white are gleaming thro' the night, (So close your eyes, my dusky little Pickaninny). Sweet magnolias swaying, The birds have gone to rest; Just drift and dream on slumber stream While Mammy sings the Pickaninny Blues.
Second verse
The night birds in the trees are singing melodies, But non like Mammy's lullaby; While on her loving breast he slowly sinks to rest, The angels watching from on high. They were guarding the babe on her knee Lulled to sleep by this sweet melody
(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.

Pickaninny Blues / music by Henri Klickman; words by Harold G. Frost

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