2 5 Dance And Song

Dance And Song is the fifth song of the Second Volume of Alfred Scott Gatty’s Plantation Songs. According to the records of the Gramophone Company, it was never recorded by the Zono Minstrels.

Lyric

We Darkies lub de clatter ob de clogs upon de floor,
Ya-ha! Ya-ho! Ya-hoo!
In de middle ob de night!
And Joe do thump de tambourine,
as he nebber thumpt before,
Ya-ha! Ya-ho! Ya-hoo!
While de stars am shining bright,
And Sambo twang de banjo
to some light fantastic tune,
While Jim produces wond’rous sounds
from out de big Bassoon
Ya-ho! Ya-ho!
Ya-ho! Ya-ho!
‘Tis dis dat makes life pleasant,
‘Tis dis makes friendship sweet,
De blending up of music,
Wid de shuffle ob de feet
So we’ll dance and sing
and drive dull care away, away!
We’ll dance and sing
and drive dull care away!

De sound ob voices blending in some sweet familiar strain,
Ya-ha! Ya-ho! Ya-hoo!
In de middle ob de night
To hear dem almost die away,
den burst out loud again,
Ya-ha! Ya-ho! Ya-hoo!
When de stars am shining bright,
‘Tis den dis Darkie
feel at peace wid all, far and near
‘Tis den him feel him berry
nearly lub de oberseer.
Ya-ho! Ya-ho!
Ya-ho! Ya-ho!
‘Tis dis dat makes life pleasant,
‘Tis dis makes friendship strong,
De blending up of voices,
In de harmony ob song
So we’ll dance and sing
and drive dull care away, away!
We’ll dance and sing
and drive dull care away!

Sheet Music

Dance And Song

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