Lyrics: First verse Coontown's fairly crazy, Two Step Bill looks glum, Acts as if he's dumb, For Ragtime's getting numb, coons are mighty fickle, Other tunes they hum, Actin' just like white folks now, and fairly goin' some. don't care now for ragtime shows, or ragtime songs, or ragtime clothes, Or any thing with a ragtime swing, And this is the song they sing: Chorus Goodbye a Mister Ragtime, farewell Bombashay, Say you little Day, Day, Day, On your way. Sad but true, Skidoo, Skidoo, Go way back and sit down, Since that Airy Fairy, Merry Widow Waltz, has come to town. town. Second verse Sambo and his Dinah, Gliding o'er the floor, Won't cake walk no more, Like they did before, Coontown's heard the famous Merry Widow score, Ragtime's faded in a night, no wonder Bill looks sore. He just can't understand the change says, colored folks am actin' strange, They wouldn't dance any old ragtime thing, But all the night long they'll sing: (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://188.8.131.52/cdm4/intro_harris.php