4 2 Dis Ole Nigger

Dis Ole Nigger is the second song of the Fourth Volume of Alfred Scott Gatty’s Plantation Songs, and one of the ten which were recorded by the Zono Minstrels.

To hear this recording, click here –

http://www.zonominstrels.co.uk/zono-minstrels-recordings/dis-ole-nigger/

Lyric

Dis ole Nigger he can play a jolly tune,
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Eider on de banjo or upon de big bassoon,
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Sing?
Bless yer heart dere’s no-one sings so well as he!
Dance?
Well, a better dancer you will nebber see!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Did yer ebber know a Nig like me?

Dis ole Nigger he do lub a jolly row!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
As for keeping quiet, why he really don’t know how!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Larf?
Bless yer heart it’s quite enuf to split yer side!
Grin?
Where’s de nigger’s mouf dat’s half so big and wide!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Did yer ebber know a Nig like me?

Dis ole Nigger he do dress uncommon fine!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Perfect blaze ob colours when him going out to dine!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Hat?
Bless yer heart it shines as bright as looking glass!
Coat?
It’s a “handmedown”, but cost a deal ob brass!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Did yer ebber know a Nig like me?

Dis ole Nigger he do make de money fly!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Lib from hand to mouf and nebber put a penny by!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Eat?
Bless yer heart he’d eat an oxen ten feet high!
Drink?
Why, he’d easy drink de Mississippi dry!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Yah! Yah!
Ha! Ha!
Did yer ebber know a Nig like me?

Sheet Music

Dis Ole Nigger

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 SchooThe complete sheet music for all 24 Plantation Songs. This is undergoing significant restoration, and will be continually improved over time. If you remain a subscriber, you will receive an email when an improved version of each volume is available.

As I write this at the end of 2014, the First Volume is now upgraded in colour, greyscale and monochrome formats. The Second and Third Volumes have not yet been upgraded, and the quality of these scans is relatively poor. They are available in colour and monochrome formats. The extremely rare Fourth Volume is only available in monochrome at this time, although the scans are perfectly playable.l 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.