Christy's Plantation Melodies

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54                                    Christy's
Come to de Ole Gum Tree.
The music, with piano-forte accompaniment, published by Messrs. Firth, Pond & Co., New York.
Come to dtJ ole Gum-tree,
Whar de coon an' de possum prance; O, come you nigs wid me,
An' join in de jovial dance.
Solo. De coon he is above us, His meat is in de tree, We know dat he don't lub us, But fond ob him are we.
Chorus. Den come to de ole Gum-tree, &c.
Oh, de wood an' it3 yaller leaves;
Oh, de cotton plants an' flowersj Den come you nigger wid us,
For a merry life is ours.
Soto. Around, and above us,
De banjo's sweet notes, An' de voice ob de niggers
Come rolling from dar throats.
Chorus. Den come to de ol-e Gum-tree, &c
Come to de ole oak-tree,
So softly, boys, as you can, An' we'll go to de ole Gum-tree^
An' catch dat coon if we can.
Solo. Dat nigger plays de riddle, An' I de tamborine ; We am de happiest set ob niggers Dat eber 'fore was seen.
Chorus. Den come to de ole Gum-tree, &c.

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