THE SHEENY COON
 
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The moon am a-shining, my Rachel, bright and clear,
So put out the candle now, you're wasting it, my tear;
For little Ikey's waiting,
His heart's a palpitating,
And all the picaninies down in Houndsditch frown on me.
Kase they know I loves yer, Rachel, yes, they do.
I'm the only coon yer love, now, ain't it true?
I'll buy ter lots of diamonds to look grand in,
Or may I never move from where I'm standin'.

Chorus: Oh! Rachel, my tarling, if you're in, come out;
Come and see the silver in the silvery moon.
You're no common dolly,
No you're my shuck-ol-lolly,
And I'm yer little Ikey Mo',
The Dandy Sheeny Coon.

We'll stroll by the Mississippi, Rachel, me and you,
With Mr. Sippi, tear, and all the little Sippis too;
I'm going to start a-saving,
Go without haircut and shaving,
And I'll buy a splendid fish shop that'll do yer eyesight good.
Soon we'll have a palace, down the lane, a gem,
And call it, tear, the new Jerusalem;
And come and meet me at the usual spot, tear,
And don't forget to pring what oof you've got, tear.

Chorus:

Now old Mr. Abrams has got his panjo out,
So the coons down the lane, my tear, with razors walk about,
For Ikey's been a-sowing,
And the cotton I've been hoeing,
And 'owing' anybody else as much as I could get.
My head I'm losing for the love of you,
If I lose it, well I don't know what I'll do;
If you'll have me, tear, I'll always do your pidding,
May our landlord get a month, I ain't a-kidding.

Chorus:

 
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Written and composed by Harry Castling - 1898
Performed by Tom Costello (1863-1943)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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