The Lily of Laguna

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The Lily of Laguna  (1898) 
by Leslie Stuart
"Lily of Laguna" is a song written in 1898 by Leslie Stuart and performed by Eugene Stratton and G H Elliott. The Carlton Football Club's official theme, We Are The Navy Blues is based on the tune. As with many of the songs written at the time, the original "Lily of Laguna" contains lyrics that are racially charged. :— Excerpted from Lily of Laguna on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


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It's de same old tale of a pal-pa-ta-ting niggar ev'ry time, ev'ry time;
It's de same old trouble of a coon Dat wants to be married very soon;
It's de same old heart dat is longing for its lady ev'ry time, yes ev'ry time,
But not de same girl, not de same girl, She is ma Lily, ma Lily, ma Lily gal!
She goes ev'ry sundown callin' in de cattle up de mountain;
I go 'kase she wants me, yes, 'kase she wants me to help her do de callin' and de countin'.
She plays her music to call de lone lambs dat roam above,
But I'm de black sheep and I'm waitin' For de signal of ma little lady love.


(Chorus)

She's ma lady love, she is ma dove, ma baby love,
She's no gal for sittin' down to dream,
She's de only queen Laguna knows;
I know she likes me, I know she likes me
Bekase she says so; She is de Lily of Laguna,
she is ma Lily and ma Rose.


When I first met Lil it was down in old Laguna at de dance, oder night;
So she says, "Say, a'm curious for to know When ye leave here de wa yer goin' to go,
'Kase a wants to see who de lady is dat claims ye all way home, way home tonight."
I says, "I've no gal, never had one," And den ma Lily, ma Lily, ma Lily gal!
She says, "Kern't believe ye, a kern't believe ye, else I'd like to have ye sharpperoon me;
Dad says he'll esscortch me, says he'll esscortch me, But it's might easy for to lose him."
Since then each sundown I wander down here and roam around
Until I know ma lady wants me, Till I hear de music ob de signal sound.

(Chorus)

She's ma lady love, she is ma dove, ma baby love,
She's no gal for sittin' down to dream,
She's de only queen Laguna knows;
I know she likes me, I know she likes me
Bekase she says so; She is de Lily of Laguna,
she is ma Lily and ma Rose.



This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1928, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.