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My watermelon boy / words and music by Malcolm Williams.
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Image ID: 1256488

My watermelon boy / words and music by Malcolm Williams.  [I love's to see him roll up his eyes, when watermelon that b...] ([c1899])

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Image Title

:  My watermelon boy / words and music by Malcolm Williams.

Alternate Title(s)

: I love's to see him roll up his eyes, when watermelon that boy does spy. [first line of chorus] Title 2.) Other darkies talk about their high-toned colored swell. [first line of song]

Creator(s)

: Starmer -- Cover designer
Williams, Malcolm -- Lyricist
Williams, Malcolm -- Composer

Published Date

: [c1899]

Specific Material Type

: music

Item Physical Description

: 6 p. ; 36 cm.

Notes

: Cover design by Starmer shows eight figures in blackface (seven men, one woman) staring in amazement at the central figure, the watermelon boy who is eating a watermelon. Note 2.) Summary: In stereotyped language, the narrator describes an iconoclast "watermelon boy" who loves to eat watermelon. They go to a contest and, not to be outdone, the watermelon boy eats more than the leading contender.

Source

: American popular songs. / Sheet music, 1899

Location

: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / Music Division

Digital ID

: 1256488

Record ID

: 609710

Digital Item Published

: 6-1-2005; updated 3-25-2011

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