UNDER THE BAMBOO TREE
 
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Down in the jungles lived a maid, of Royal blood but dusky shade
A marked impression once she made upon a Zulu from Mataboloo
And every morning he would be down underneath a bamboo tree
Awaiting there his love to see, and then to her he'd sing,

Chorus: 'If you lak-a-me, lak, I lak-a you, and we lak-a-both the same
I lak-a-say this very day, I lak-a-change your name
'Cause I love-a-you and love-a-you true and if you-a-love-a -me
One live as two, two live as one, under the bamboo tree.

And down in this simple jungle way, he wooed the maiden every day
By singing what he had to say. One day he seized her and gently squeezed her.
And then beneath the bamboo green he begged her to become his Queen
The dusky maiden blushed unseen and joined him in his song.

Chorus:

This little story strange but true, is often told in Mataboo
Of how this Zulu tried to woo his jungle lady in tropics shady
Although the scene was miles away, right here at home I dare to say
You'll hear some Zulu every day gush out this soft,

Chorus:
 
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Words and Music by Bob Cole and J. Rosamund Johnson - 1902
Performed by Marie Cahill (1870-1933)
Performed by Julie Mackey (b. 1893)
 
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