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Mammy's Lullaby
Music by Lee S. Roberts
Lyric by J. Will Callahan

Chicago: Foster Music Publisher Inc.

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[Verse 1]
Close yoh dreamy eyes an’ lay yoh head on Mammy’s breat,
Stahs ah in de skies an birds ah sleein’ in de nest,
Night time is heah, honey don’t feah,
Yoh on Mammy’s ahm;
Great big yallah moon a shinin’ down upon de stream,
Mammy’s little coon will soon be floatin’ in a dream,
Slumabh ashile, mah honey chile,
Yoh mammy will keep yoh from hahm,

Go to sleep,
Wiv yoh head in yoh mammy’s breast
Cause Mammy knows her dusky rose tiahed an’ longin’ fo’ rest;
Go to sleep while de shadders creep,
Des dream away till break ob day,
An doan yoh eben peep

[Verse 2]
In dah sugah cane de owl’s a hootin’ to de moon,
Down along de lane I heah de darkies softly cronn,
Now hushabye, honey, don’t cry,
But des close yoh eyes;
When de mawnin’ come an’ all de birds begin to cheep
Mammy’s sugah plum a goin’ to waken from his sleep
Des like a flow’h kissed by de show’h when rain drops come down from de sky
Yoh Mammy’s pickaniny,
De finest an’ de best,
De pride of old Virginny
So slumbah, my honey, an’ rest
Go to sleep,
Go to sleep.


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