NOT WHILE DE COONS AM ABOUT, SAMMIE!
 
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I've got appointment to elope tonight, wid a darky lady,
Hush! Not a word! Dere may be someone near!
She said, 'My lub, you come for me, as soon as de night am shady!
Hush! Not a word! Dere may be someone nigh!'
Dis morn, I said, 'Don't worry me so, but come my boney!'
She said, 'Oh dear! you flurry me so, you do, old sonny!'
Closer came dat face ob hers, I felt, I dunno how,
I said, 'Honey, hop it, hop it!' She said, Not jes' now!...

Chorus: Not while de coons am about, Sammie!
Not while de coons am nigh;
Wait 'til the lights am out, Sammie!
And de coons all play 'shut-eye'
And den, I'll meet you,
My own little dandy coon;
And one, two, three! hey presto! we,
Will skip by de light ob de moon!'

It's possible dat, in my time, I may ha' p'r'aps kissed a few lips,
Hush! not a word, dere may be someone near;
But dere am not a flow'r dat grows so sweet as my honey's two lips,
Hush! Not a word! Dere may be someone nigh!
Dis morn I said, 'Oh! blissity-bliss,
To press dat waist,
What joy to steal one kissity-kiss,
Yes, jest one taste.'
When she put her face so, I was tempted, you can guess,
She said, 'Sammie! stop it, stop it, you may kiss me, yes but,

Chorus:

Her fader, he didn't lub me ha'f so much as his lubly daughter,
Hush! Not a word! Dere may be someone near!
If he knew she elope wid me, I guess dere would be manslaughter,
Hush! Not a word! Dere may be someone nigh!
Tonight we'll do a skippity-skip,
In spite ob fader!
While he's asleep we'll trippity-trip
Down South, um! rader.
Hand in hand an' heart to heart, the wedding knot we'll tie,
Pop won't shout out, 'Drop it! drop it!' honey gal won't cry,

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Performed by Bessie Wentworth (1873-1901)
Written and composed by J.P. Harrington & George Le Brunn - 1897
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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