1 2 De Ringtail’d Coon

De Ringtail’d Coon is the second song of the First Volume of Alfred Scott Gatty’s Plantation Songs. According to the records of the Gramophone Company, it was recorded by the Zono Minstrels but never released for sale.

Lyric

As I walk’d out wid Dinah
De other afternoon!
De day could not be finer,
Ho! De Ringtail’d Coon!
Says I, “Oh dear! What shall I do?”
Says she, “Why, what’s amiss wid you?”
Oh! Dear oh!
Ho! For de Ringtail’d Coon!
Ah! Ah! Ah!
Ha! Ho! Ha! Ho!
Ho! For de Ringtail’d Coon!

Says I, “Why did you snub me?”
De other afternoon!
Says she, “Cause you don’t lub me!”
Ho! De Ringtail’d Coon!
Says I, “I lubs no-one but you!
By all dat’s black I do, I do!”
Oh! Dear oh!
Ho! For de Ringtail’d Coon!
Ah! Ah! Ah!
Ha! Ho! Ha! Ho!
Ho! For de Ringtail’d Coon!

Says I, “Your teeth are pearly”
De other afternoon!
“Your hair so black and curly”
Ho! De Ringtail’d Coon!
“You are my lub my guiding star!”
By all dat’s black you are, you are!”
Oh! Dear oh!
Ho! For de Ringtail’d Coon!
Ah! Ah! Ah!
Ha! Ho! Ha! Ho!
Ho! For de Ringtail’d Coon!

Says I, “Why should we tarry?”
De other afternoon!
Says she, “Let’s off and marry”
Ho! De Ringtail’d Coon!
De darkies rush up to de spot,
An’ Den and Dere dey tie de knot
Oh! Dear oh!
Ho! For de Ringtail’d Coon!
Ah! Ah! Ah!
Ha! Ho! Ha! Ho!
Ho! For de Ringtail’d Coon!

Sheet Music

De Ringtail'd Coon

The sheet music of all 24 Plantation Songs is available as part of the Site Member Downloads. These Site Downloads were previously available through an automated service, but due to a change in policy of the service provider this is no longer possible. If you wish to own the Downloads, please contact me through the Contact Form, and I will reply as soon as I receive your message.

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* The original WAV audio transfers of the Zono Minstrels recordings which are currently available. These will allow you to hear the songs in a far higher sound quality than the YouTube versions on the public site, and also to add them to your computer file system and portable music player, and even to burn off a compact disc should you desire to do so

* The JPEG images of the record labels for the songs which are available

* The complete sheet music for all 24 Plantation Songs. This is now available in three different formats – colour, greyscale and monochrome. The scores have now been restored to the highest standard possible, which has taken many hours of work.

The scans of the extremely rare Fourth Volume were obtained courtesy of the North East of Scotland Music School in Aberdeen, who accepted a donation of my paper copies of Volumes 1 & 2 in exchange for scans of the rare volume.

The PDF files are not intended to be pixel-perfect reconstructions. They are intended to be as accurate a representation as possible of the originals published by Boosey & Co. between 1900 and 1902, as they would have been in mint condition. The colour has been added after blemish removal and repair have been carried out, to create a perfect uniform background across all scores.