Christy's Plantation Melodies

176+ Song Lyrics from 19th Century Ethiopian Minstrelsy - online songbook.

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Where the lamps they wouldn't shine, 'cause the
ladies eyes so bright, So they put the stars in candlesticks about the streets
at night.
Chorus. What shall this darkey do ? &c.
One night I went into the street, and there I saw the moon
A spinning round upon a house put up in a balloon,
The people's faces in the light, 'cording to my inspec­tion,
Were just as shiny as if they had got a re-election.
Chorus. What shall this darkey do ? &c.
I saw a dandy pair of boots a standing in the street, But no one seemed to want them, so I put them on
my feet, And then I got a bran new hat with a very shining
crown, Thinks I, " My friend, you 've surely got the freedom
of the town."
Chorus. What shall this darkey do ? &c.
They took me to a gentleman, who sent me to a college,
Where I got an education in various sorts of know­ledge ;
I learned to make and pick a lock, I learned to make a shoe,
And I used to boil the homony when I 'd nothing else to do.
What shall this darkey do ? what shall this darkey do ? He's got his Sing Sing learning, and he 's a gemman too.