Lyrics: First verse Rastus Jenkins was a gamblin' coon And he spent his money free, But this mornin' he was feelin' sad And he told this tale to me; he said I've been a rollin' bones, And they cert'ny cleaned me dead, When I looked at my last dollar bill In the saddest tones I said: (Well) Chorus Goodbye Mister Greenback, I hates to see you go, it makes me sad when I part with you' Cause my bank account amlow, you and I should ever meet again I'd say ""Why how de do."" but now I'll kiss you ""Faretheewell,"" That means goodbye to you. you. Second verse Rastus soon got tir'd of gamblin' life And he thought he'd settle down, Took his lady and pertic'ler friends To the home of Parson Brown; The knot was tied then the Parson said ""Just give me what you will,"" Well you'd laugh to hear what Rastus said As he kissed his dollar bill;(Well) (Chorus)
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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. Read the introduction for further information to use when contextualizing this item: http://220.127.116.11/cdm4/intro_harris.php