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Say you love me Sue
Additional title: Down upon the Mississippi in de good ole days ob yore. [first line of song]
Additional title: Underneath your window, Susie I am waitin'. [first line of chorus]
Smith, Harry Bache (1860-1936) (Lyricist)
Stromberg, John (1853-1902) (Composer)
Dailey, Peter F. (Singer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place Term: New York
Publisher: Weber, Fields & Stromberg
Library locations
Music Division
Courtship -- 1890-1899
African Americans -- Clothing & dress -- 1890-1899
African Americans
Sheet music
Content : On cover: Peter F. Dailey's latest success as sung at Weber & Field's Broaddway Music Hall. Cover includes photograph of Peter F. Dailey.

Content : Summary: Using stereotyped African American language, the narrator describes times after the Civil war when an African American would work hard farming cotton, then finish and serenade his girlfriend; today all African Americans are swells, and wear fine clothes, but this man still comes to his Sue and serenades her.

Content : Cover design includes drawing of an African American man (i.e. blackface) wearing a straw hat and holding a cane while he speaks to a woman on the second floor of a private home.

Statement of Responsibility: Words by Harry B. Smith ; music by John Stromberg.
Physical Description
Extent: 8 p. ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
UUID: 8704bb80-c595-012f-b840-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1860: Creator Born
  • 1899: Issued
  • 1936: Creator Died
  • 2014: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

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Say you love me Sue