Lyrics: First verse Down at de barbecue las' Chuesday night Darktown waaas out. Oh! Lord ""twas a sight! Ev'ryone rode up in somethin' on wheels Quite a few coons had automobiles Mandy was dere in huh new gingham dress Wid Dan by huh side jes' prancin' a mess; Ole Deacon Johnson an' Aunt Sallie too,"" Forgot about church at dat barbecue. Dat pig was sho' a treat; My, how dem coons did eat Dem pigtails an' pig's feet, so sweet. Chorus You know dat Darktown was out at dat barbecue. Dey eat, as ef' ‘twas deir las' time to; Dey sang ‘kase dey had no work to do Darktown was out at dat barbecue. You know dat cue. Second verse Soon as de eatin' an' drinkin' was through De dance began at dat barbecue. Such scand'lous wingin' aint nobody seen Sho' ‘twas a sight too watch Tildy Green She pranced an' she danced till huh face was reed An' when she two-steeped los' dat wig off huh head.. ‘Cose razor Mose tried to start up a fuss But Bill cut him down dat ended de muss. (Chorus)
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