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Lyrics of Love and Laughter (1903)

Lyrics of Love and Laughter

Dedicated to Miss Catherine Impey

First published by Dodd, Mead and Company
University Press, John Wilson and Son, Cambridge USA

Copyright 1903

A Preference

Mastah drink his ol' Made'a,
Missy drink huh sherry wine,
Ovahseah lak his whiskey,
But dat othah drink is mine,
Des' 'lasses an' watah, 'lasses an' watah.

W'en you git a steamin' hoe-cake
On de table, go way, man!
'D ain't but one t'ing to go wid it,
'Sides de gravy in de pan,
Dat's 'lasses an' watah, 'lasses an' watah.

W'en hit's 'possum dat you eatin',
'Simmon beer is moughty sweet;
But fu' evahday consumin'
'D ain't no mo'tal way to beat
Des' 'lasses an' watah, 'lasses an'watah.

W'y de bees is allus busy,
An' ain' got no time to was'?
Hit's beca'se dey knows de honey
Dey's a makin', gwine to tas'
Lak 'lasses an' watah, 'lasses an' watah.

Oh, hit's moughty mil' an' soothin',
An' hit don' go to yo' haid;
Dat's de reason I's a –backin'
Up de othah wo'ds I said,
"Des 'lasses an' watah, 'lasses an' watah."

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Lyrics of Love and Laughter

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