HELLO, MA BABY
 
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I'se got a little baby, but she's out of sight
I talk to her across the telephone
I'se never seen my honey, but she's mine all right
So take my tip and leave this gal alone
Every single morning you will hear me yell,
'Hey central! fix me up along the line.'
He connects me with ma honey, then I rings the bell
And this is what I say to baby mine,

Chorus: 'Hello, ma baby, Hello ma honey. Hello ma rag-time gal.
Send me a kiss by wire. Baby my heart's on fire
If you refuse me honey, you'll lose me. Then you'd be left alone
Oh baby, telephone and tell me I'se yer own
Hello! Hello! Hello! there.'


This morning through the phone, she said her name was Bess
And now I kind of know where I am at
I'se satisfied because I'se got my babe's address
Here pasted in the lining of my hat
I am mighty scared, 'cause if the wires get crossed
'Twill separate me from my baby mine
Then some other coon will win her, and my game is lost
And so each day I shout along the line,

Chorus: 'Hello, ma baby, Hello ma honey. Hello ma rag-time gal.
Send me a kiss by wire. Baby my heart's on fire
If you refuse me honey, you'll lose me. Then you'd be left alone
Oh baby, telephone and tell me I'se yer own.'
 
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Written, composed and performed by Ida Emerson & Joe Howard - 1899
 
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