Lyrics: First verse Long ‘fore dis time, dis darky dwelt In a place call'd Tuscanoe, I lov'd a girl with tawny skin, Her name was Cynthia Sue. Chorus Oh! Cynthia, Cynthia, Cynthia, Sue, Oh! Cynthia, Oh! Cynthia, I lubs no gal but you. Oh! Cynthia, Cynthia, Cynthia, Sue, Oh! Cynthia, Oh! Cynthia, I lubs no gal but you. Second verse I put my arm around her neck I diden't mean to harm her, She wouldn't let me kiss her, If de Banjo diden't charm her. (Chorus) Third Verse She fainted when I told her, ""I love you Cynthia Sue"" I fann'd her wid de Banjo, But I coulden't fotch her too. (Chorus) Fourth Verse Brutus sleep awake all night, And eat no wittals too, She lib on air and dat are air - and dat are air, War dis ""Oh Cynthia Sue."" (Chorus) Fifth Verse Dey took me down de ribber De flood was high, ‘tis true, But I made it five feet higher, When I wept for Cynthia Sue. (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