Christy's Plantation Melodies

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32            Christy's plantation melodies.
Poor Old Joe.
Oh, where's that old grey darkey gohe, that used to
work the hoe, In Massa's field to till the ground, long time ago? You ask us where that darkey's gone, that good old
darkey, JoeŚ He's gone to see the elephant, down, down below.
Chorus.
Poor old Joe, he used to work the hoe and play the old banjo,
Long time ago!
He had no teeth, and he was blind; his wool was
white as snow; But Massa to old Joe was kind, long time ago. He used to fish for frogs and eels, that good old
darkey Joe, 'Till grim death took him by the heels, down, down
below.
Chorus. Poor old Joe, &c.
He used to chalk the numbers down, and keep his
years just so ; His age it was a hundred and forty, long time ago; But death has caught old Joe at last, tho' he was
loath to go ; He's in the corn-field sleeping fast, down, down below.
Chorus. Poor old Joe, &c.
The Rose of Baltimore.
'Twas on a public promenade, One bright October morn,
I saw a sweet and lovely maid On the tide of fashion born&