Lyrics: First verse Little colored child, He's been running wild, Running all the live-long day, Must be tired out, Must be just about Ready no to seek the hay; Mammy sits right near Pickaninny dear Nothing's goin' to harm him, no, Mammy she, her watch will keep, While her little boy's asleep On his pillow white as snow. Chorus Time to sleep and rest, In your cozy nest, Time to close those little lids down tight; Other kids like you, They are sleeping too, Waiting for tomorrow's sunshine bright, When the new dawn breaks, Pickaninny wakes, Little Puff of Smoke, Goodnight. Second verse Little shining star, In the sky afar, Tells my boy to go to sleep, Go to sleep and rest, On your mammy's breast, While the angels watch will keep; Sweetest dreams will come to my sugar plum To my little hearts delight, Cuddle down and shut your eyes, Waking with the bright sunrise, Little Puff of Smoke, Goodnight. (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://18.104.22.168/cdm4/intro_harris.php