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Honey on my lips
Additional title: De sunlight shines for de cornfield coon, de starlight cuts no figgah. [first line]
Additional title: Honey on er my lips I love yo'. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Swell Mrs. Fitzswell. Honey on my lips. [uniform title]
Trevathan, Charles E. (Composer)
Trevathan, Charles E. (Lyricist)
Irwin, May, 1862-1938 (Singer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1896

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1898
Date Issued: 1896
Place: New York
Publisher: New York Journal and Advertiser
Library locations
Music Division
Poor African Americans
Sexual attraction
Content: Pages 2-4 contains various ethnic stereotype caricatures by Ed Rohr Meth. in the margins of the music.
Content: Dealer's stamp on cover at top center: From W. H. Leonard, news, dealer & stationer, 91 Congress St., Troy, N.Y.
Content: On cover: Sung by May Irwin in The swell Mrs. Fitzswell. Includes a photograph of May Irwin hugging a standing African American infant.
Content: Summary: In ethnic stereotyped dialect, the narrator admires his girlfriend, comparing her to honey of a bee and peach.
Content: Printed as the musical supplement to the New York Journal & Advertiser, Feb. 6th 1898, edited by Reginald De Koven.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Charles E. Trevathan.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10826013
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b21757455
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1fd2e8d0-c591-012f-6796-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1898: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2022: Found by you!
  • 2023

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Honey on my lips" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1898 - 1896.

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Honey on my lips