LITTLE ALABAMA COON
 
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I's a little Alabama Coon!
And I has n't been born very long;
I 'member seein' a great big round moon!
I 'member hearin' one sweet song!
When dey tote me down to de cotton field,
Dar I roll and I tumble in de sun!
While my daddy pick de cotton, mammy watch me grow,
And dis am de song she sung!

Chorus: Go to sleep, my little picaninny,
Brer' Fox'll catch you if yo' don't;
Slumber on de bosom of yo' ole mammy Jinny,
Mammy's gwine to swat yo' if you won't. (swat! swat! swat!)
Lu la lu la lu la lu la lu!
Underneaf de silver southern moon;
Rock a by! hush a by! mammy's little baby,
Mammy's little Alabama Coon.

Dis h'yar little Alabama Coon!
Specks to be a growed up man some day;
Dey's gwine to christen me h'yar very soon!
My name's gwine to be Henry Clay!
When I's big, I's gwine to wed a yellow gal,
Den we'll hab picaninnies ob our own!
Den dat yellow gal shall rock ‘em on her bosom,
And dis am de song she'll croon:

Chorus: Go to sleep, my little picaninny,
Brer' Fox'll catch you if yo' don't
Slumber on de bosom of yo' ole mammy Jinny,
Mammy's going to swat yo' if you won't.
Lu la lu la lu la lu la lu!
Underneaf de silver southern moon!
Rock a by! hush a by! mammy's little baby,
Mammy's little Alabama Coon.
 
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Written and composed by Hattie Starr - 1893
Performed by Bessie Wentworth (1873-1901)
Performed by Nellie Richards (1864-1932)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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