Lyrics: First verse When I was young, not long ago In Maryland I did dwell; ‘Twas there I lov'd a yellow girl Oh! was'nt she a belle; Her form was round, not very tall, And curly was her hair; The darkies said my Susy, was the fairest of the fair. Chorus Then if you see my Susy dear, Speak kindly to her all, Oh! tell her the last words that I spoke were, My poor Susy Saul. Second verse I took my love to a ball one night, ‘Twas early in the fall, And ‘fore three weeks had passd away, I married Susy Saul; In a cot we lived together, Down by the river side, How happy was this darky then, With my lovely yellow bride. (Chorus) Third Verse While working in the field one day, Near the tree that grows so tall, Old massa said he was going to sell, My lovely Susy Saul; In vain I pleaded for my wife, That we might never part, But cruelly he said: no, no! It almost broke my heart. (Chorus) Fourth Verse I've nothing left to live for now, My wife I'll see no more, For she will ne’er return again, To old Virginia shore; And when I’m dead and buried, Beneath the old stone wall, Upon a slab these words you’ll see: “He died for Susy Saul.”
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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