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Lyr Req: That Little Black Mustache

GUEST,Genevevie 10 Sep 06 - 04:18 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 10 Sep 06 - 04:32 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 10 Sep 06 - 04:44 PM
Jim Dixon 12 Sep 06 - 12:20 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 02 Jan 09 - 03:15 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Once I had a charming Beau loved him dea
From: GUEST,Genevevie
Date: 10 Sep 06 - 04:18 PM

I desperately would like the words/song title and who wrote it/sung it??
My mother used to sing it to we children along with several others but this one has eluded us as to all the words.
"Once I had a charming beau..loved him dear as life and I thought the day would come when i would be his wife. da da da da da gold watch chain nice black suit and a little black
moustache" ????
Please can anyone help with this?
Genevevie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Once I had a charming Beau loved him dea
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 10 Sep 06 - 04:32 PM

Have a look here at Little Black Mustache in the Max Hunter Collection and I think you'll find what you want (words and music).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Once I had a charming Beau loved him dea
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 10 Sep 06 - 04:44 PM

I could have mentioned a few other references:

In the Wolf Collection (with recording):
That Pretty Little Black Mustache

and quoted in:
AUSTIN FAMILIES OF SCOTTS HILL, TENNESSEE .

There's a ballad index entry at The Black Mustache

It was also collected by Helen Creighton - reference at: Little Black Mustache (Ref 2066)


Mick


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT LITTLE BLACK MUSTACHE (Jas. M. Dow)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Sep 06 - 12:20 AM

The Library of Congress American Memory Collection:

THAT LITTLE BLACK MUSTACHE
By Jas. M. Dow. 1881

1. Oh! once I had a charming beau. I loved him dear as life.
I surely thought the time would come when I would be his wife.
His pockets they were filled with gold, and oh! he cut a dash,
With diamond ring, a watch and chain, and a darling black mustache.

CHORUS: Oh! That little black mustache, that little black mustache,
Every time I think of it, my heart beats quick as flash;
That little black mustache, that little black mustache,
But you must know I've lost my beau with the little black mustache.

2. He'd come to see me Sunday nights and stay till almost three.
He said he never loved a girl as much as he loved me,
And said we'd live in grandest style, for he had lots of cash,
And then he pressed upon my lips that little black mustache.

3. One day there came a sour old maid who owned her weight in gold.
She had false teeth and wore false hair and was forty-five years old.
He cruelly deserted me, just for that old maid's cash,
And thus you see I lost my beau with the little black mustache.

4. And now they live just 'cross the street in that gray mansion old.
She married for his black mustache. He married for her gold.
Now, girls, remember my sad fate and do not be too rash,
But let alone all stylish chaps who wear a black mustache.

LAST CHORUS: Oh! that little black mustache, that little black mustache,
Every time I think of it, my heart beats quick as flash;
That little black mustache, that little black mustache,
And now you know how I lost my beau with the little black mustache.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: That Little Black Mustache
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jan 09 - 03:15 PM

Picked up by folk singers, collected in North Carolina and Mississippi, and in "Folk-Songs du Midi des Etats-Unis, Combs, 1925.

No.47, pp. 159-160, A. P. Hudson, "Ballads and Songs from Mississippi," JAFL vol. 39, no. 152, pp. 93-194 (1926).
Little change, except "Well now they live across the way, On yonders mountain side;"


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