Lyrics: First verse De flow'rs am sleepin', de stars am peepin', De harvest moon shines in de sky; A funny feelin' comes sof'ly stealin' Aroun' ma heart, when yo' are nigh, It's mighty pleasin' to tell de reason Ma heart's a flame when you are near, With love it's burnin' fo' yo' I'se yearnin', So let me whisper in yo' ear: Chorus Ma Ebony Belle, you'se shu'ly weavin' Aroun' ma heart love's magic spell, So quit deceivin', an' stop ma grievin', Say you'll be mine, Ma Ebony Belle. Second verse Ma Ebony Please come ma lady, de lane am shady, De nightin'gale sings in de tree; I knows a bower among de flowers, Dat's only meant fo' yo' an' me, Like fireflies gleamin' your eyes am beamin', Although yo's actin' kinder shy Ma turtle dovey I knows yo' love me, I see de lovelight in yo' eye: (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