WIPE DAT HEAD
 
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De parson's doused de baby's head,
Dat chile's jus' finish squealin',
De black folks all around de place,
Have set de bells a pealin';
Said I to good ol' Parson More,
'D'ye think dat chile can bear it?'
'De babe', said he, 'I'll christen well,
De water I'll not square it.'

Chorus: Wipe dat head!
Sure dat chile's a sneezin'!
Wipe dat head!
Do wipe de baby's head!

Oh! Lor, de water was so cold
I thought dat chile was drownded,
By Josh! He gib de biggest squeal,
Dat eber yet was sounded.
Den Massa More he named him,
Pompey Caesar Alexander
And Cato Brutus Autony
Demosthemes Lysander!

Chorus: Wipe dat head!
Lysander's head wants dryin'!
Wipe dat head!
Do wipe de baby's head!

'Twould never do to start in life
A coughin' and a wheezin'.
Fo' sure 'twould break dis niggah's heart
To hear dat babby sneezin';
Den wrap his head up nice and warm
Outside de breeze is blowin',
I do declae de water's made
De black wool start a growin'.

Chorus: Wipe dat head!
Was dat de chile a sneezin'!
Wipe dat head!
Do wipe de baby's head!

 
Note - The wording is historic, please accept it as so and nothing more.
 
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Written and composed by Albert Chevalier & Alfred H. West
Performed by Albert Chevalier (1861-1923)
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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