My watermelon boy

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My watermelon boy
Additional title: I love's to see him roll up his eyes, when watermelon that boy does spy. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Other darkies talk about their high-toned colored swell. [first line of song]
Williams, Malcolm (Composer)
Williams, Malcolm (Lyricist)
Starmer (Cover designer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: Myll Bros
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Music Division
African Americans
Sheet music
Content: 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.
Content: 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.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Malcolm Williams.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 4f2319d0-c595-012f-89ab-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

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My watermelon boy