Lyrics: First verse Although it's not my color. I'm feeling mighty blue; I've got a lot of trouble, I'll tell it all to you; I'm certainly clean disgusted With life and that's a fact. Because my hair is woolly And because my color's black. My gal, she took a notion Against the colored race, She said if I would win her I'd have to change my face; She said if she should wed me, That she'd regret it soon, And now I'm shook, yes, good and hard, Because I am a coon Refrain Coon! Coon! Coon! I wish my color would fade; Coon! Coon! Coon! I'd like a different shade Coon! Coon! Coon! Morning, night and noon, I wish I was a white man ‘Stead of a Coon! Coon! Coon! Coon! Coon! Coon! I wish my color would fade; Coon! Coon! Coon! I'd like a different shade Coon! Coon! Coon! Morning, night and noon, I wish I was a white man ‘Stead of a Coon! Coon! Coon! Second verse I had my face enameled, I had my hair made straight, I dressed up like a white man, And cert’nly did look great; Then started out to see her, Just shortly after dark, But on the way to meet my babe I had to cross a park; Just as I was a-thinking I had things fixed up right, I passed a tree where two doves Sat making love at night; They stopped and looked me over, I saw my finish soon, When both those birds said good and loud, “Coo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oon.”
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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