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Thread #53292   Message #1570078
Posted By: Jim Dixon
24-Sep-05 - 10:19 PM
Thread Name: Kemo Kimo info
Subject: Lyr Req: KEEMO KIMO (Christy and Wood, 1854)
Here are the lyrics from The Library of Congress American Memory Collection:

KEEMO KIMO
"Geo Christy and [Henry] Wood's celebrated banjo song"
arranged by [A.] Sedgwick. [1854?]

In South Car'lina de darkies go
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
Dat's whar de white folks plant de tow.
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
Cover de ground all over wid smoke
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
And up de darkies' heads dey poke
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!

CHORUS: Keemo, Ki'mo! Dar! Oh, whar?
Wid my hi, my ho, and in come Sally singing
Sometimes penny winkle, lingtum, nip-cat
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!

2. Milk in de dairy nine days old
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
Frogs and de skeeters getting mighty bold
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
Dey try for to sleep but it ain't no use
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
Dere legs hang out for de chickens to roost.
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!

3. Dar was a frog lived in a pool
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
Sure he was the biggest fool
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
For he could dance and he could sing
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!
And make de woods around him ring.
    Sing song Kitty can't you ki? Me oh!