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Thread #34525   Message #1903884
Posted By: Azizi
08-Dec-06 - 05:32 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Pretty Little Pink
While Yella {yellow} may have been the most common 19th century referent for a light skinned African American, in my opinion {and I have no proof of this} "my pretty little pink" originally referred to a African American female who is very light skinned.

The song may have later become a children's game in which "pink" referred to the color of clothing that a girl had on.

I'm wondering if there are any verses that refer to "my pretty little {other color}.