Lyrics: I plays de banjo better now dan him dat taught me do, Becase he plays for all de worl', An' I jes' plays for you. He learns his chunes - I jes' lets down A banjo-string or two Into de deepest of my heart, An' draws up chunes for you. Slowly de comes swingin' up, A-quiv'rin' through an' through, Till wid a rush of tinglin' notes Dey reaches light an' you. I never knows if dey will shine Wet wid tears or dew; I only knows dat, dew or tears, Dey shine because of you.
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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