1 6 Good Night

Good Night is the sixth and final song of the First Volume of Alfred Scott Gatty’s Plantation Songs, and one of the ten which were recorded by the Zono Minstrels.

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Lyric

Darkies, let us sing a song,
In de ole Plantation,
Sing it as we sang it in de days long since gone bye,
Blow de big Bassoon to disturb de hole creation,
Wake ole Massa up in bed,
And make him blink him eye

Shine, shine moon!
While I dance wid Dinah, dear!
Bright, bright moon!
Kiss her so no-one can hear!
Someone calls,
Ah! It is de oberseer,
Steal away and so
Good Night!
Good Night!
So, Good Night!

Now him gone, creep out again,
And don’t forget de Banjo,
Tune him up and let us dance and sing de long night through,
Darky, he must dance so long as him ole leg can go,
Dance until he hab to buy,
Himself a new pair shoe

Shine, shine moon!
While I dance wid Dinah, dear!
Bright, bright moon!
Kiss her so no-one can hear!
Someone calls,
Ah! It is de oberseer,
Steal away and so
Good Night!
Good Night!
So, Good Night!

See de sun am rising up,
Thro’ de mist ob morning,
And de damp hab made de banjo strings play out ob tune,
Tamborine, him will not sound, we must take de warning,
Not a nigger’s got de breath,
To blow de big Bassoon

Shine, shine moon!
One last turn wid Dinah, dear!
Bright, bright moon!
Kiss her so no-one can hear!
Morning calls,
We must quickly disappear,
Darkie off to bed,
Good Night!
Good Night!
So, Good Night!

Sheet Music

Good Night

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.