Lyrics: First verse My Rufus is a dreadful tantalizer, His teasing almost takes away my breath; De gal dat looks at him I just dispise her; I tell you dat I love dat man to death; He knows that I'd do anything to please him, And when he comes a-callin' ev'ry day; My heart begins a-throbbin' when I sees him, An' ev'ry time I greets him in this way. Chorus Rufus, don't tease me, Rufus, come squeeze me, Come and hug me till my bright eyes shine, Puckered am ma velvet lips, Babe, come and steal their honey drips, Rufus, don't tease me say you're mine all mine. Rufus, don't tease me, Rufus, come squeeze me, Come and hug me till my bright eyes shine, Puckered am ma velvet lips, Babe, come and steal their honey drips, Rufus, don't tease me say you're mine all mine. Second verse The other night some sassy words were spoken, I told him in ma temper ""Go away;"" I told him our engagement it was broken; An' several other things I hate to say; The manner that I had was simply scornful, I asked him if he couldn’t see the door; But then when Rufus looked so awful mournful, I jes’ give in, and says to him once more.
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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