Dance, Lyric Variant 02


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Dance, Lyric Variant 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner, the upper right corner, and the lower left corner were folded into the laminate. There is a significant lamination-related crease on the left side of the document. There is some moderate fraying along the upper right edge. There is a minor tear hole at the upper left corner. There are two minor tears at the right lower edge. There is some acid-related staining at the upper right corner. There are several textual corrections handwritten in black ink. The document is a carbon duplicate.


Minstrel music Slavery, United States -- Songs and music Balls (Parties) -- Songs and music Love -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

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


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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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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Dance, Lyric Variant 02

Document Title

The Dance

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214 mm x 276 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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