De Ole Banjo

Here is the Zono Minstrels recording of De Ole Banjo –


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Recorded : 12th August 1913
Uploaded : 12th August 2013, exactly one hundred years to the day after it was recorded.

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Lyric

Darkies lead a happy life,
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Yah! Yoh!
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Free from trouble, free from strife,
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Yah! Yoh!
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Toe and heel it to de ole familiar sound,
While de darkies dance around,
Sixteen ounces to de pound,
Till dey laffin tumble flat upon de ground!
All around!
On de ground,
In de morning!

Dar I sees old farder Jim,
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Yah! Yoh!
Playing on de ole Banjo!
An’ right out I laff at him,
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Yah! Yoh!
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Toe and heel it to de ole familiar sound,
While de darkies dance around,
Sixteen ounces to de pound,
Till dey laffin tumble flat upon de ground!
All around!
On de ground,
In de morning!

Up he jump, den off I go,
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Yah! Yoh!
Playing on de ole Banjo!
You bet he no catch me tho’,
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Yah! Yoh!
Playing on de ole Banjo!
Toe and heel it to de ole familiar sound,
While de darkies dance around,
Sixteen ounces to de pound,
Till dey laffin tumble flat upon de ground!
All around!
On de ground,
In de morning!

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* 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.

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