Sheet Music, 1910-1919

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ISBN

MUM00682, 0164

Description

Cover: drawing of a well-dressed African American couple dancing, as a group of African American musicians perform in the background; Publisher: Leo Feist Inc. (New York)

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

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

Relational Format

music score

Original Format

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Original Collection

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

Lyrics

Lyrics:
First verse
Sweetie dear, there's a taxi waitin', Sweetie dear, don't be hesitatin', Soon we'll be, you and me, Dancin' round in high society. Swell affair, Ev'rybody's going', Bring your dancin' shoes that's all, Come on babe, we're bound to make a showin' at the high Brown Babies' Ball.
Chorus
When the band begins to play, Ev'ry one will start to sway, We'll start slow just for a bluff, and when I say Let's go, babe! do your stuff; We'll be Johnny on the spot, for what it takes we sure have got; We'll Walk the Dog and Ball the Jack, Tickle Toe forward then Shimmie back, We got to show some class, that's all, At the High Brown Babies' Ball. When the band begins to play, Ev'ry one will start to sway, We'll start slow just for a bluff, and when I say Let's go, babe! do your stuff; We'll be Johnny on the spot, for what it takes we sure have got; We'll Walk the Dog and Ball the Jack, Tickle Toe forward then Shimmie back, We got to show some class, that's all, At the High Brown Babies' Ball.
Second verse
Sweetie dear, there'll be nothin' to it, Sweetie dear, you and me can do it, Don't be slow, come let's go, Ev'ry one there will envy us I know. Sweetie dear, When we start our struttin', For our stuff they're bound to fall, Come on babe, for we won't stop at nothin' at the High Brown Babies' Ball.
(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.

At the High Brown Babies' Ball / music by Erdman Ernie; words by Benny Davis and Sid Erdman

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