Sheet Music, 1920-1929


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MUM00682, 0301


Cover: description reads a negro convict song; Publisher: Winthrop Rogers Ltd.

Subject Headings (Library of Congress)

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

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Original Format


Original Collection

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


Water Boy where are you hiding; If you don't-a come Gwine to tell yoh Mammy. There ain't no hammer That's on-a this mountain That ring-a like mine, boys, That ring-a like mine. Done bus' this rock, boys, Fom hyeh to Macon All the'way to th' jail, boys, yes back to th' jail. You Jack-o-Di'monds, Yo Jack-o-Di'monds Ah know yeh of old, boys, Yes, know yeh of ol'. You robbed my pocket, Yes robba my pocket Done a-robba my pocket, Of silver an gol'. Water Boy where are you hiding If you dont-a come Gwine tell-a yoh Mammy. Water Boy.

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Water Boy / words by Avery Robinson



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