Lyrics: Sleep ma little baby ‘Coon, Under neath de big roun' moon; W'en yo's in de tree a-swingin', Mammy jes can't keep from singin': Sleep ma little baby ‘Coon. Hunters like a ‘Coon yo' size, Flash de litgh to fin' yo' eyes; Don' yo' move and don' yo' cry- Jes keep still till dey go by, Sleep ma little baby ‘Coon. Rockin' in de win', so slow, Mm jes so. Ef yo' hear de hunters roun', Don' yo' make de leastes' soun'; I'll take keer ma little baby, Guess I fool de hunters, maybe Sleep ma little baby ‘Coon. Even ef dey fin' dis tree, Keep ez still ez yo' can be; Close yo' eyes so dey can't see, Den jes leave de res'ter me: Sleep, ma little baby ‘Coon. Rockin' in de win', so slow, Mm jes so.
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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