4 5 De New Year

De New Year is the fifth 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

De darkie population
Yah!
Once a year do meet
‘Way down in our plantation
Yah!
De piccanninny year to greet!
Den Dinah fills de glasses
Wid hot apple gin,
While darkie lads and lasses
De piccanninny year drink in

O de ole folk sadly sighing
Dat time so quick am flying
For anoder year am dying
And him light burns dim
But hark, de banjo tumming,
And de sound ob voices humming,
Den dey cry
“De New Year’s coming,
Let us welcome him!”

With laughter, cheering, dancing,
Yah!
Shuffling ob de feet
And wildest, maddest prancing
Yah!
De piccanninny year to greet!
Den as de day am breaking
Dawn am drawing near,
While home our steps we’re taking
We bid you all a bright new year!

O de ole folk sadly sighing
Dat time so quick am flying
For anoder year am dying
And him light burns dim
But hark, de banjo tumming,
And de sound ob voices humming,
Den dey cry
“De New Year’s coming,
Let us welcome him!”

Sheet Music

De New Year

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 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.