Christy's Plantation Melodies

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10                                    Christy's
Nelly Bly.
The music, with piano-forte accompaniment, published by Messrs. Firth, Pond & Co., New York.
Nelly Bly! Nelly Biy! bring de broom along; We'll sweep de kitchen clean, my dear, and hab a
little song. Poke de wood, my lady lub, and make de fire burn; And, while I take de banjo down, just gib de mush a turn.
Chorus. Heigh! Nelly, ho! Nelly, listen lub to me ; I'll sing for you, play for you, a dulcem melody.
Nelly Bly hab a voice like de turtle-dove,
I hears it in de meadow and I hears it in de grove ;
Nelly Bly hab a heart warm as cup of tea,
And bigger dan de sweet potato down in Tennessee
Chorus. Heigh ! Nelly, ho! &c.
Nelly Bly shuts her eye when she goes to sleep. When she wakens up again her eye-balls gin to peep ; De way she walks, she lifts her foot, and den she
brings it down, And when it lights der's music dah in dat part ob
de town.
Chorus. Heigh ! Nelly, ho! &c.
Nelly Bly! Nelly Bly! nebber, nebber sigh Nebber bring de tear-drop to de corner ob youi eye; For de pie is made ob punkins, and de mush is made
ob corn, And der's corn and punkins plenty lub, a lyin* in da
Chorus. Heigh ! Nelly, ho! &c.