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PLANTATION MELODIES.                         11
Way Down in Ca-i-ro.
The music, with piano-forte accompaniment, published by Messrs. Firth, Pond & Co., New York.
Oh \ ladies, don't you blush, when I come out to play; I only mean to please you all, and den I's guine away.
I hear my true lub weep, I hear my true lub sigh, Way down in Ca-i-ro dis nigga's guine to die.
Sometimes de nigga's life is sad, sometimes his life
is gay; When de work don't come too hard, he's singin' all
de day.
Chorus. I hear my true lub weep, &c.
Now we libs on de fat ob de land, now we libs on
de lean ; When we hab no cake to bake, we sweep de kitchen
Chorus. I hear my true lub weep, &c.
Massa bought a bran new coat and hung it on do wall;                                                                       
Dis nigga's guine to take dat coat, and wear it to de ball.
Chorus. I hear my true lub weep, &c.
All de ladies in de land, and all de gemraen too, Are gone to hear de darkey band and see what dey can do.
Chorus. I hear my true lub weep.