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Lyr Add: Hop Light Loo

Q (Frank Staplin) 17 Jun 09 - 12:32 AM
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Subject: Lyr Add: Hop Light Loo
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jun 09 - 12:32 AM

Minstrel, 19th c.

My ole missus she's a widder,
Only waitin' for a bidder;
Him dat's lucky 'nuff to get her,
Takes her all for worser or better.

Hop light, Loo! de debbil's in de bee gum,
A-hoo, hop light, Loo!
Don't take it all, kase you must leabe me some,
I am Bo-num-bo, -- who dar?

Missus on de hen-coop smokin'
Rain come down, she got a soakin'
No one cares, I've got money plenty,
Dressed to deff-- her old trunk empty.
Missus didn't look well dancin',
Kase her leg was most too slantin',
Wash dem well wid gin and water,
Soon come straight, so says de doctor.
An idea pop in her head quicker--
"What's de use of wasting licker;
Wid de gin I'll wet my throttle,
Den I'll rub my leg wid de bottle.

Printed by George S. Harris, Philadelphia. American Memory, Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets.

Several versions of this 19th c. minstrel song and dance, one in the Bodleian Collection, Harding B 15(131b).

Evolved into the well-known fiddle tune, Uncle Joe aka Hop Light Ladies, Hop High Ladies, Walk Light Ladies, The Cake's all Dough, etc.
See The Fiddler's Companion for current tunes.

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