Oh! Lemuel

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Oh! Lemuel  (1850) 
by Stephen Foster

1.
Oh! Lemuel my lark,
Oh! Lemuel my beau,
I’s guine to gib a ball tonight,
I’d hab you for to know;
But if you want to dance,
Just dance outside de door;
Becayse your feet so berry large
Dey’ll cover all de floor.
Refrain:
Oh! Lem! Lem! Lem! Lemuel I say!
Go down to de cotton field and bring de boys away.
Chorus:
Go down to de cotton field!
Go down, I say!
Go down and call de Nigga boys all;
We’ll work no more to day.
Go down to de cotton field!
Go down, I say!
Go down and call de Nigga boys all;
We’ll work no more to day.

2.
Oh! Lemuel my hope,
Oh! Lemuel my joy,
I’ll tell you who’ll be at de ball
My woolly headed boy.
Dere’s Nelly Bly, you know,
And Juliana Snow,
Dere’s cane-brake Kitty likes de boys,
And she’ll be sure to go.
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Chorus:

3.
Oh! Lemuel is tall,
Oh! Lemuel is fair,
Oh Lemuel has gone to day
To take de morning air.
He makes de fiddle hum,
He makes de banjo tum,
He rattles on de old jaw bone,
And beats upon de drum.
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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.