Do not go away my Lady Love

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DO NOT GO AWAY MY LADY LOVE. American, Minstrel Song (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'. The song was written by Charles White [1] (1821-1891), of White's Minstrels, published in 1850. The first stanza and chorus begin:

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Come lend an ear, my lub, to me,
An listen to dis melody;
And harken to de strains so fine,
As all de darkies in chorus jine.

CHORUS:
Do not go way, my lady-love,
Do not go way, my lady love,
Do not go way, my lady love,
But list to de banjo from above.
Do not go way, my lady-love,
Do not go way, my lady love,
Do not go way, my lady love,
But list to de banjo play.

The instrumental line was included in the mid-19th century music collection of fiddler and ship's captain Isaac Homan of Bellport, Long Island, one of many minstrel airs, cotillion sets and misc. dance tunes. It may be that Homan and his musical friends put on minstrel shows.

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