Dat’s Berry Queer

Here is the Zono Minstrels recording of Dat’s Berry Queer –


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Recorded : 12th August 1913
Uploaded : 18th December 2014, the 96th Anniversary of Alfred Scott Gatty’s passing

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Lyric

O white folk hab you heard
about dis berry great sensation,
Which hab shook from top to toe
de whole ob our Plantation,
For Dinah’s been and gone
and got engag’d to long legg’d Jim,
And when him takes his walks abroad,
De gals cry out “Dat’s him!”
And when him takes his walks abroad,
De gals cry out “Dat’s him!”
Dat’s berry queer!
It is upon my word,
Dat’s berry queer!
And really most absurd,
O long legg’d one,
why did you come,
And steal our Dinah dear?
Dat’s berry queer!
Dat’s berry queer!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

O Dinah is a lubly gal
wid teeth as white as snow,
And hair as curly as de wool
dat on de sheep do grow,
Her footsteps lay de beetles flat
her manners are most free,
And when she takes her walks abroad,
De boys cry out “Dat’s she!”
And when she takes her walks abroad,
De boys cry out “Dat’s she!”
Dat’s berry queer!
It is upon my word,
Dat’s berry queer!
And really most absurd,
O long legg’d one,
why did you come,
And steal our Dinah dear?
Dat’s berry queer!
Dat’s berry queer!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

De oder day de darkies all
den to de church did go,
to see dis Happy couple wed
by dat dere “preaching Joe”,
As from de church de newly wedded
pair do wend dere way,
De Piccanninies, boys and gals,
Do all shout out “Dem’s dey!”
De Piccanninies, boys and gals,
Do all shout out “Dem’s dey!”
Dat’s berry queer!
It is upon my word,
Dat’s berry queer!
And really most absurd,
O long legg’d one,
why did you come,
And steal our Dinah dear?
Dat’s berry queer!
Dat’s berry queer!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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