YEA! BOE! ROE!
Copyright, 1893, by Spaulding & Kornder.
Words and Music by James Barron.
There's lots of slang expressions, such as "Don't he take the cake?"
"It's out of sight!" "You bet your life!" "That boy is wide awake!"
But I heard one this morning, by some youngsters here below,
It made me laugh to hear them holier Yea! Boe! Roe!
Yea! Boe! Roe! they shouted all together at me,
Yea! Boe! Roe! they wouldn't let me go;
And they said I'd be a daisy if I wasn't quite so lazy,
Oh, they nearly had me crazy, shouting Yea! Boe! Roe!
Tom Brown's been married twenty years, and strange enough to say,
He never had a baby in his house until to-day;
But now he is a papa, and three little ones can show,
He told me that be thought he'd name them Yea! Boe! Roe!
Yea! Boe! Roe! now won't he have a lovely time with
Yea! Boe! Roe! in just a month or so;
He will wish he'd never met them, when he sits up nights to pet them,
And to sleep he'll have to get them, singing Yea! Boe! Roe!
Old parson Johnson's little church was crowded Sunday night,
He said, "Come, colored people, let us sing with all our might;"
Then Ebenezer Simpson said, "What song, I want to know?"
Then Simon Peters hollered, "Sing us Yea! Boe! Roe!"
Yea! Boe! Roe! You ought to hear those darkies singing
Yea! Boe! Roe! it's worth your while to go; I
They commence to sing at seven, and they stop about eleven,
I will bet they enter heaven singing Yea! Boe! Roe!
A dashing masher told a girl he loved her dear as life,
And asked her if she would consent some day to be his wife.
He said, "I have no money, but my love is true, you know;"
She never spoke, but winked and whistled Yea! Boe! Roe!
Yea! Boe! Roe! Oh, when your purse is empty, you're a
Yea! Boe! Roe! It only goes to show
How for money they will hug you, when they're trying to humbug you,
When you're broke they'll only sing you on your Yea! Boe! Roe!