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LILLY OF THE VALLEY. American, Minstrel Song. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD. "Lilly of the Valley" was a blackface minstrel song published in New York in 1847 by Jaques and Brother in an arrangement by E.P. Christy (1815-1862), the founder of the group Christy's Minstrels. The lyric begins:

Away now darkies, away;
De horn am soundin de break ob day,
To work wid de shubble and hoe,
When your labor is done we'll away.

CHO:
To de lilly, de lilly, de lilly ob de valley.
De lilly, de lilly, de lilly ob de valley.

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