Christy's Plantation Melodies

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CHRISTY'S PLANTATION MELODIES.               13
Where the lamps they wouldn't shine, 'cause the
ladies eyes so bright, So they put the stars in candlesticks about the streets
at night.
Chorus. What shall this darkey do ? &c.
One night I went into the street, and there I saw the moon
A spinning round upon a house put up in a balloon,
The people's faces in the light, 'cording to my inspec­tion,
Were just as shiny as if they had got a re-election.
Chorus. What shall this darkey do ? &c.
I saw a dandy pair of boots a standing in the street, But no one seemed to want them, so I put them on
my feet, And then I got a bran new hat with a very shining
crown, Thinks I, " My friend, you 've surely got the freedom
of the town."
Chorus. What shall this darkey do ? &c.
They took me to a gentleman, who sent me to a college,
Where I got an education in various sorts of know­ledge ;
I learned to make and pick a lock, I learned to make a shoe,
And I used to boil the homony when I 'd nothing else to do.
Chorus.
What shall this darkey do ? what shall this darkey do ? He's got his Sing Sing learning, and he 's a gemman too.






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