4 4 When You Hear De Banjo

    When You Hear De Banjo is the fourth song of the Fourth 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

    Yah! Yah!
    When you hear de banjo tumming at de close ob day,
    Telling all de whole Plantation stop deir work and play!
    Run and put on all your best,
    Mind you are de smartest dress’d,
    For we’re gwine to dance ’till break ob day.

    When de sun, quite tired out,
    Do drop down in de West,
    Up de East come climbing clouds ob night
    Ah!
    Den it is de whole Plantation
    Dress’d out in deir best
    Dance and sing beneath the pale moonlight.

    Yah! Yah!
    Listen to de voices singing as dey march along,
    Singing in harmonious strain some ole Plantation song!
    Hark, one voice above de rest,
    Pompey always sings de best,
    And I’se gwine to marry him one day.

    When de sun, quite tired out,
    Do drop down in de West,
    Up de East come climbing clouds ob night
    Ah!
    Den it is de whole Plantation
    Dress’d out in deir best
    Dance and sing beneath the pale moonlight.

    Yah! Yah!
    O de music, and de noise, refreshments and de heat
    O de flashing dresses, and de shuffle ob de feet
    Panting hard for want ob breath,
    I am almost danc’d to death,
    So I’se gwine to sleep ’till break ob day.

    When de sun, quite tired out,
    Do drop down in de West,
    Up de East come climbing clouds ob night
    Ah!
    Den it is de whole Plantation
    Dress’d out in deir best
    Dance and sing beneath the pale moonlight.

    Sheet Music

    When You Hear De Banjo

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