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Thread #1995 Message #2016888
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
04-Apr-07 - 10:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Down in the Cane Break? / ...Canebrake
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Down in the Cane Break
"De Boatmen Dance" is an old minstrel song by Dan Emmett ('Emmit') of the Virginia Minstrels, 1843. Nancy Till is 1851, also minstrel (she was yaller in the sheet music).
The song posted by Lorraine (--97) is cobbled together from several minstrel songs- the minstrels often mixed and matched so the song is 'in character.'