HUSH-A-BYE, CLOSE YOU' EYE.
Copyright, 1898, by Wm. J. Lefavour. By Joseph Dignam.
Mammy's cullud baby sweet, hush-a-bye, close you' eye;
Kiss you' hands an' kiss you' feet, hush-a-bye, close you' eye;
Niggah's fat an' white folks skinny, angels roun' in old Virginny,
Watching mammy's pickaninny, hush-a-bye, close you' eye.
Up an' down on mammy's knee, you teetah,
A-cooing in you' precious baby way.
You' mammy's keepin' time un to de meetah.
While troo' de doo' she heah de banjo play;
You needn't mind dat nasty buzzin' 'skeetah.
You' mammy's gwine ter brush away dat fly,
Dey bites de baby kase dey know he sweetah,
Hush a-bye, close you' eye.
Kinky hair and shiny face, bush-a-bye. close you' eye!
No white baby takes yo' place, hush-a-bye, close you' eye!
Mammy's glad you is a nigger, wouldn't change you' blessed flggah,
'Cept to have yo' grow up bigger, hush-a-bye, close you' eye.-Cho.
You was bawn down in de South, hush-a-bye, close you' eye:
Wid dat watermlllion mouth, hush-a-bye, close you' eye.
'Possum t'ink it drefful funny, you can't eat him, byme, my sunny;
Git you 'possom teef, my honey, hush-a-bye, close you' eye!.-Ref.
You done keep you black eye shet, hush-a-bye close you' eye:
Els' you find out what you get, hush-a-bye, close you' eye!
What you want, you blessed sinner. had you bre'fast, suppah, dlnnah;
Want too much fo' young beginnah, hush-a bye, close you' eye!-Ref.