Dis Ole Nigger

Here is the Zono Minstrels recording of Dis Ole Nigger –


(If the embedded YouTube video does not load, please click the following link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GpgsLbBPhg)

Recorded : 15th August 1913
Uploaded : 15th August 2014, 101 years to the day after it was recorded. I didn’t have this recording in time for the 100th Anniversary.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO CLICK ‘LIKE’ AFTER THE VIDEO HAS PLAYED, IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO

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?

Site Downloads

The uncompressed WAV files of the Zono Minstrels recordings which are featured on this site are 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.

http://www.zonominstrels.co.uk/contact/

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.