Lyrics: First verse O, white folks listen to dis song, dat I am gwine to sing, Of a pretty little yaller gal, who danc'd de wiginping! Her eyes were bright as de stars at night, Her teeth were like de snow; One pleasant night, wid heart so light, To see her I did go. Chorus For she was de prettiest yaller gal dat ever I did see, She was de princess ob my heart, And she was de gal for me. For she was de prettiest yaller gal dat ever I did see, She was de princess ob my heart, And she was de gal for me. Second verse I went to see dis colored gal one pleasant night in May; When in de field my work was done, I had a holy day, I took her out a walking and to her I did say ""My dearest gal, I lub you so, oh! hab me now I pray!"" (Chorus) Third Verse She gib consent to hab me if I would only say I'd lub her now and ebermore and nebber run away; To giv her proof I lubed her, I for de parson went, Since den I've lib'd in harmony and happy days I spent. (Chorus)
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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