Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Zip Coon

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1830

Comments

Baltimore: G. Willig, Junr. (1830)

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[Verse 1]
I went down to Sandy hook, toder arternoon;
I went down to Sandy hook, toder arternoon;
I went down to Sandy hook, toder arternoon;
And de fust man I met dere was old Zip Coon
Old Zip Coon is a very larned scholar,
Old Zip Coon is a very larned scholar,
Old Zip Coon is a very larned scholar,
He plays on the Banjo Cooney in de holler.

[Verse 2]
Did you ever see de wild goose said upon de ocean,
O de wild goose motion is a very pretty notion,
For when de wild goose winks he beckon to de swallor,
An den de wild goose hollor, google, google, gollor.

[Verse 3]
Old suke Blueskin fell in love wid me,
She vite me to her house for to take a cup of tea,
What do you think Old Sike had for de supper!
Dare was chicken foot sparrow grass & apple sauce butter.

[Verse 4]
O my ole mistress is very mad wid me,
Because I wouldn’t go wid her and live in Tennessee;
Massa built a barn dere and put all de fodder,
Dere was dis ting and dat ting and one ting an oder

[Verse 5]
As I was a goine down a new cut road,
I met a little Tarrapin a looking at a Toad;
An jist at evry time de toad begin to jump,
De Tarrapin he hide himself behind a burnt stump.

[Verse 6]
Dat tarnal critter Crocket, he never pay his prayers.
He kill all de wild cats de Coons and de Bears,
An den he go to Washington to help make de laws
An dere he find de Congress men sucking of deir paws.

[Verse 7]
If I was de President of dese United States,
I’d suck lasses candy and swing upon de gates,
An dose I didn’t like I’d block em off de docket,
An de way I’d block em off would be a sin to Crocket.

[Verse 8]
I tell you what’s a goine to happen now very soon,
De United States bank will be blown to de moon,
Den all de oder bank notes will be mighty plenty,
An one silver dollar will be worth ten or twenty.

[Verse 9]
O glory be to Jackson, for he blow up de Banks,
An glory be to Jackson, for he many funny pranks,
An glory be to Jackson, for de battle of Orleans,
For dere he gib de enemy de hot butter beans.

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