American Old Time Song Lyrics: 20 De Coon Dat Got De Shake

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 20

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Copyright, 1886, by Willis Woodward & Co.

I once had a gal, and a good gal was she,
And I loved her to perfection.
She was jess as sweet as de little honey bee.
But she drove me to distraction;
She done run away, and she left dis coon
De day before yesterday, jess about noon.
And I don't expect dat she'll be back soon,
For when she left me she sang dis tune;

Den a goodbye, my honey, I got another fellar.
Good-bye, my honey, you're black and he is yaller;
de reason I must go is because you are too slow.
So, my honey, I'm a-gwine to say good bye.
Den fare you well, I'm gwine away to leave you,
Leave you, leave you. honey fare you well now nigger don't you cry
Fare you well, don't let my parting grieve you, grieve you. honey.
Got my little satchel packed, I'm a-gwine to say good-bye.

I used to dress her up in the finest kind ob style,
And she looked jess like a queen.
Den I used to take her out to all de colored hops.
And I treated her to ice-cream;
But she done run away and she left her bed,
Eloped wid a nigger wid a pock-marked head,
To tell you de truth why she shook me dead.
And when she left me dese words she said:-Chorus
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