Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

Indianola

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1913

Comments

MacIntosh Collection

New York: Jos. W. Stern & Co., 102-104 W. 38th St. (1913)

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[Verse 1]
Chief Bug-a-Boo was a Redman who,
Heard the call of war (aw aw aw,)
Swift to the tent of his love he went,
Sighing for his little Indianola,
“Come be the bride of a chief” he cried,
“Keep me wait no more (aw aw aw,)
Come and help me make my war paint fit,
I do my heap big bit.”

[Chorus 1]
“Me hear cannon roar,
Me help Yank win war,
Me much like to kill,
Scalp old Kaiser Bill;
Me go to fight in France,
Me do a big war dance,
Me love a maiden so,
Wed Chief ‘fore he go.
Indianola’s lover grunted twice, Huh! Huh!
Indianola think her Chief much nice, Huh! Huh!
Indianola ask her dad’s advice
Chief keep pleading:
Me hear the great big cannon roar,
Me want to help Yank man win war,
Me like to fight and to heap much kill,
Got to go and tomahawk Kaiser Bill;
Me go along to fight in France
Me once again do big war dance,
Me love the Indianola maiden so,
Come and marry Bug-a-Boo ‘fore he go.

[Verse 2]
Then answered she to the Redman’s plea,
“I will be your squaw (aw aw aw,)
Chief Bug-a-Boo I will go with you,
Riding o’er the plain to Redman’s wigwam,
There will I sit and I’ll knit and knit,
For my warrior bold
And when you are whooping far away,
To me you’ll seem to say.”

[Chorus 2]
“Me hear cannon roar, Me help Yank win war,
Me much like to kill, Scalp old Kaiser Bill;
Me go to fight in France,
Me do a big war dance,
Me love a maiden so,
Wed Chief ‘fore he go.
Indianola’s heart begins to yearn, Huh! Huh!
Indianola’s cheeks begin to burn, Huh! Huh!
Indianola sighs for his return And his pleading:
Me hear the great big cannon roar,
Me want to help Yank man win war,
Me like to fight and to heap much kill,
Got to go and tomahawk Kaiser Bill;
Me go along to fight in France
Me once again do big war dance,
Me love the Indianola maiden so,
Come and marry Bug-a-Boo ‘fore he go.

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