Lyrics: I want down the levee just to pass the time away, I heard a darkey on a rusty banjo play. I asked what the tune was and that coon began to roar, He said: ""Why, Boss that tune is called, ""The Turkey in the straw."" Turkey in the straw. Turkey in the straw.
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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