Dance, Lyric Variant 02


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Dance, Lyric Variant 02


This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.


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Alternative Title

We'll Have a Little Dance To-night, Boys


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University


Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967








The Dance

Old Massa going away this afternoon
To call upon hiz brudder.
So darkies, wait a little while
Till he getz out of sight.
We’ll drop the shuble and the hoe,
We’ll have a little dance tonight.
We’ll have a little dance tonight, boys,
And dance by de light of the moon.

I rises at de break of day
To take my morning walk
I meets my lubely July Ann
And dis is de way we talk
I sayz: You is my own true love,
You are my hearts delight
Wont you come over de riber dis evening
And have little dance tonight?
We’ll have a little dance tonight, boys,
And dance by the light of the moon

I want my cambric handkerchief
I wants my silk cravat.
Oh hand me down my high heel boots,
Like wise my beaver hat
We are going over to the river to
Have a little dance tonight.
We are going over de river to
Have a little dance tonight.

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