Stay in your own backyard

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Stay in your own backyard
Additional title: Lilac trees a blooming in the corner, by the gate, Mammy in the little cabin door. [first line of song]
Additional title: Now honey, yo' stay in yo' own back yard. [first line of chorus]
Kennett, Karl (Lyricist)
Dresser, Louise (1878-1965) (Singer)
Udall, Lyn (Composer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York ; Chicago ; [etc.]
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans -- Segregation
Mothers and sons
African Americans -- Children -- 1890-1899
Children -- Death
Sheet music
Content: Former owner has penciled in instructions on page containing the chorus.
Content: Cover design includes drawing of a group of 5 white children playing, accompanied with a dog; in the middle ground is a wooden fence surrounding a house; at the gate of the fence is an African American child with a pointed hat and dog, with an expressing of surprise; the two dogs look longingly at one another; in the background is a house with an African American woman looking after her child.
Content: On cover: Sung with great success by Louise Dresser. Cover includes thumbnail photograph of Louise Dresser.
Content: Subtitle on cover: Pathetic ballad & refrain.
Content: Summary: Using stereotyped language, an African American child cries as he sees white children playing in front of his house, knowing that he can't play with them; his mother tries to console him by reminding him not to mind; eventually the African American child dies, while the mother must still console herself with her words to her child.
Statement of responsibility: words by Karl Kennett ; music by Lyn Udall.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9e447720-c595-012f-cff5-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2016: Found by you!
  • 2017

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Stay in your own backyard