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PLANTATION MELODIES.                          13
Ring, Ring de Banjo!
The music, with piano-forte accompaniment, published bjr Messrs. Firth, Pond & Co., New York
De time is nebber dreary
If the darkey nebber groans; De ladies nebber weary
Wid de rattle ob de bones: Den come again, Susanna,
By de gas-light ob de moon: We'll turn de old piano,
When de banjo's out ob tune.
Chorus. Ring, ring de banjo!
I like dat good old song! Come again, my true lub, Oh! wha you been so long?
Oh! nebber count de bubbles
While dere's water in de spring: De darkey hab no troubles
While he's got dis song to sing De beauties ob creation
Will nebber lose der charm, While I roam de old plantation
Wid my true lub on my arm
Chorus. Ring, ring de banjo, &c. »
Once I was so lucky,
My massa set me free, I went to old Kentucky,
To see what I could see • I could not go no farder,
I turn to massa's door, I lub him all de harder,
I'll go away no more.
Chorus. Ring, ring de banjo, &c. 2