2 4 Our Dinah

Our Dinah is the fourth song of the Second 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

Such woolly hair, such ebon skin!
None finer! None finer!
Protruding lips, receding chin,
Look at Dinah! Look at Dinah!
Her teeth are white as driven snow,
Her eyes so bright like coals they glow,
Her nose is flat, I told her so!
O who so fair as Dinah?
Den twang de banjo!
Clack de bones!
And thump de Tamborine!
For here and there and ev’rywhere,
Both dark and fair,
Dey all declare,
Our Dinah!
Our Dinah!
Beauty’s Queen!

A flatter foot could not be found,
None finer! None finer!
A waist that measures six feet round,
Look at Dinah! Look at Dinah!
She bounds about like rubber ball,
She shouts and screams above us all,
De Earth him shake when Dinah fall
O who so fair as Dinah?
Den twang de banjo!
Clack de bones!
And thump de Tamborine!
For here and there and ev’rywhere,
Both dark and fair,
Dey all declare,
Our Dinah!
Our Dinah!
Beauty’s Queen!

In dress ob course she mostly shine,
None finer! None finer!
De way dem colours all combine,
Look at Dinah! Look at Dinah!
De yellows, reds, de blues, de greens!
De satins, silks and Velveteens!
De bustles too and crinolines!
O who so fair as Dinah?
Den twang de banjo!
Clack de bones!
And thump de Tamborine!
For here and there and ev’rywhere,
Both dark and fair,
Dey all declare,
Our Dinah!
Our Dinah!
Beauty’s Queen!

Sheet Music

Our Dinah

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 Site Member Downloads include –

* 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.