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Thread #2777   Message #3943276
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
12-Aug-18 - 03:49 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Goodbye Liza Jane
Subject: Lyr Add: GOODBYE LIZA JANE (1868)
Q: "This is one of the oldest versions that we have a date for. The song is older; perhaps versions are preserved in old minstrel song booklets.:

GOODBYE LIZA JANE
As sung by Frank Lum, the great Sensation Comic Singer, with immense applause.

Away down south where I was born,
I husk the wood, and chop the corn,
Walk that loo, oh! miss loo,
Ah! ah! ah! Hear me now:
For I am going away to leave you. Good-bye. Good-bye:
        I am going away to leave you, good-bye, Liza Jane.
Oh! I am going away to leave you oh! I am going
                down to Lynchburgtown.
        If you get there before I do, oh! Good bye, Liza Jane.

Ducks play cards and chickens drink wine,
        And monkeys grow upon grape vines:
Walk that loo, oh! miss loo.
        Ah! ah! ah! Hear me now:
Corn-starch pudding and tapioca pie.
Oh! the gray cat picked out the black cat's eye.
                        CHORUS.

The old cow in the young cow's shed,
        Fell over a corn and broke off her head:
Walk that loo, oh! miss loo.
        Ah! ah! ah! Hear me now:
And when the jackass heard the row,
        He stabbed himself with the tail of a cow.
                        CHORUS.

A nigger came from Arkansaw,
        The worst old fool I ever saw:
Walk that loo, oh! miss loo.
        He went some water for to get,
And he carried it home in a corn basket.

[Marsan, Henry DE, New Comic and Sentimental Singer's Journal, No.86, Vol.1, (New York: H. DE Marsan, 1868, p.652]

Levy Sheet Music for Fox-Simmons version (posted up thread)