3 6 De Lady Moon

De Lady Moon is the sixth and final 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

Well do I remember in de days gone by,
Shine Lady Moon white,
How, a child, awake in my bed I’d lie,
Queen, Queen ob de night,
Watching you now shining,
Now hidden from view,
‘Cause a great black cloud roll in front ob you.
See, de cloud am passing,
Den out you peep
Biddin’ you good night I den fall asleep.

Shine Lady Moon white,
Queen, Queen ob de night!
Shine Lady Moon white!
Queen ob de night!
Shine out so bright!

When de great Sun sink down behind de sea,
Shine Lady Moon white,
Den it is dat Sambo come courting me,
Queen, Queen ob de night,
When we hear de tummin’ ob de ole banjo,
Off to darkie meetin’ we den quickly go
Sitting on the ground in de pale Moonlight.
Singing songs we lub fro’ de summer night;

Shine Lady Moon white,
Queen, Queen ob de night!
Shine Lady Moon white!
Queen ob de night!
Shine out so bright!

Now that youth am pass’d and de ole age here,
Shine Lady Moon white,
Shadows seem more dark and de light less clear,
Queen, Queen ob de night,
Still de children sleep ‘neath de pale, pale Moon
Still de young folks sing to de same ole tune,
While we old folk sit, havin’ had our day,
Thinking ob de land dat am far away.

Shine Lady Moon white,
Queen, Queen ob de night!
Shine Lady Moon white!
Queen ob de night!
Shine out so bright!

Sheet Music

De Lady Moon

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.