American Old Time Song Lyrics: 45 When They Straighten All The Colored Peoples Hair

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When They Straighten all the Colored People's Hair.
Copyright, 1894, by Spaulding & Gray.
By Gussie L. Davis.

Oh. you jolly little nigger, you make a funny figure,
For your wool kinks up just like the letter "O,"
And you seem to be so lumpy, although your head is nappy,
But, then, never mind, 'twill not be always so;
They have got a new invention, and they say it's their intention
To experiment, on darkies ev'ry where.
Oh, your face it may he dark, but you'll He happy as a lark,
When they straighten all me colored peoples hair.

When they straighten all the colored people's hair.
When they straighten all the colored people's hair;
Your nose, it may be flat, but you needn't care for that,
When they straighten all the colored people's hair.

Now, the white folks keep a laughin', and at you they keep a chaffin'.
And the Irish call you "Nigger," so you say,
But you has one consolation, 'long as you has education,
You're us good as white trash any time a day.
Let me tell you how it happen', Cain and Abel got a scrappin',
And a curse was put on Cain and all his race;
Then his hair began to kink, right away, just only think,
Then they stamped old Africa upon his face-Refrain.

Don't you darkies get excited, ev'ry wrong will soon be righted,
When you get up in the middle of the air:
Then you'll raise a big sensation, just like any other nation.
And the wind will blow the kinks out of your hair.
There must be some transformation, 'fore there's any emigration.
And the coons commence to climb the golden stair.
Oh. you'll he a happy jap, when your wings begin to flap,
When they straighten all the colored people's hair.-Refrain.
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