3 3 Pompey’s Ball

Pompey’s Ball is the third song of the Third 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

I dress’d myself so smart,
Just a year last fall,
And den I made a start,
Down to Pompey’s Ball;
De cotton crop was got,
‘Twas a weigh-up lot,
So Massa gib de ball,
And him pay de shot.
Yah!
Ole Massa paid de shot,
Just a year last fall,
And we danc’d and drank a lot,
Down at Pompey’s Ball.

De guests came pouring in,
Just a year last fall,
De ladies sip sloe gin,
Down at Pompey’s Ball;
De apple brandy flow’d,
Like a great broad stream,
Bananas dere and rum,
Wid de cool tea cream.
Yah!
Ole Massa paid de shot,
Just a year last fall,
And we danc’d and drank a lot,
Down at Pompey’s Ball.

‘Twas lubly black-eyed Nell,
Just a year last fall,
We reckon’d was de belle,
Down at Pompey’s Ball;
She danc’d wid eb’ry dark,
And she flirted too,
But which she liked de best,
Well, no-one e’er knew!
Yah!
Ole Massa paid de shot,
Just a year last fall,
And we danc’d and drank a lot,
Down at Pompey’s Ball.

De early bell him sound,
Just a year last fall,
As we was twirling round,
Down at Pompey’s Ball;
We all den hurried out,
In de bright sunlight,
And tho’ ’twas early dawn,
Yet we bade Good night!
Yah!
Ole Massa paid de shot,
Just a year last fall,
And we danc’d and drank a lot,
Down at Pompey’s Ball.

Sheet Music

Pompey’s Ball

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* 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.