Niggers from the South

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X:1 T:Niggers from the South M:2/4 L:1/8 S:Isaac Homan manuscript (mid-19th century, Long Island, NY) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A E|AA cc|{d}eE E2|FF GE|{G}AA, A,2| BB {G}AF|Ee e2|dc AF|E3|| B/c/|.d.d d2|.c.c c2|BB FG|Ac e2| .d.d d2|cc c2|cB FG|A2|| B/c/|d(3d/d/d/ d/c/d/A/|c(3c/c/c/ c/B/c/A/|cBFG|A>c Be/f/| A/B/c/d/ e/f/g/a/|a/e/c/e/ A2||



NIGGERS[1] FROM THE SOUTH. American, Minstrel Song (2/4 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABC. The melody was entered into the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of ship captain and fiddler Isaac Homan (1816-1901) of Bellport, Long Island. While the phrase 'n..... from the South' is a trope line in minstrel lexicon, the tune may go to the song "De Ole Banjo; or, The Nigga's Visit to the Show", published in Christy's Nigga Songster (New York, 1851).

I am a n..... from the South,
I come from dar time ob de drouth;
I trabble fast an' I trabble slow;
An' I fotch along de ole banjo.
My old missus sent me out a singin',
'Twas the first ob my beginnin'.

I went one night to play for a ball,
De niggs wuz dar, white folks an' all;
Some dance so high, some dance so low
Dey play'd de debil wid de ole banjo
My old missus, &c.


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