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Do your honey do
Additional title: And I done him, cause I loved her, I carved him long, I carved him deep. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: What am de use dfor to tarry and toil, and to save up all your dough. [first line]
Brill, George Reiter (1867-1918) (Illustrator)
Metz, Theodore A. (1848-1936 ) (Composer)
Metz, Theodore A. (1848-1936 ) (Lyricist)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1897

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1897
Place: [s.n.]
Publisher: Theo. A. Metz
Library locations
Music Division
African Americans
Content: Descriptive subtitle on cover: Comical coon song.
Content: Cover drawing by George Reiter Brill shows a stereotyped male African American reaching into his pants pocket, looking unhappily at a woman walking arm-in-arm with a well-dressed man; the woman looks back with grinning face.
Content: Dealer's stamp on cover at bottom right: W. H. Rider, piano, wareooms, Kingston, N.Y.
Content: Stamped on p. 4: With the compliments of the Kroeger Piano Company, New York.
Content: Summary: In ethnic stereotyped dialect, the narrator is upset that his girlfriend Liza has taken up with another man, so he has no remorse for killing him; Liza then returns to the narrator proclaiming her love for him, but he won't believe her, and kills her.
Statement of responsibility: by Theo. A. Metz.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ffc172e0-c591-012f-fccf-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1867: Creator Born
  • 1897: Issued
  • 1918: Creator Died
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Do your honey do" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1897.

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Do your honey do" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 20, 2017.

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Do your honey do