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Dandy Jim of Caroline

Music by J. Richard ("Ole Bull") Myers, 1843 Lyrics by Silas Sexton Steel

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I've often heard it said ob late,
Dat Souf Ca'lina was de state,
Whar handsome nigga's bound to shine,
Like Dandy Jim of Caroline,

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For my ole massa tole me,
I'm de best looking nigga in de county oh,
I look in de glass, as I found it so,
Just as massa tell me, oh.

I drest myself from top to toe,
And down to Dinah I did go,
Wid pantaloons strapped down behind,
Like Dandy Jim of Caroline,

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De bull dog cleared me out ob de yard,
I taught I'd better leabe my card,
I tied it fast to a piece ob twine,
Signed "Dandy Jim of Caroline."

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She got my card, an wrote me a letter,
And ebery word she spelt de better,
For ebery word and ebery line,
Was Dandy Jim of Caroline.

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Oh, beauty is but skin deep,
But wid Miss Dinah none compete;
She changed her name from lubly Dine,
To Mrs. Dandy Jim of Caroline.

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An ebery little nig she had,
Was de berry image ob de dad,
Dar heels stick out three feet behind,
Like Dandy Jim of Caroline.

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I took dem all to church one day,
An hab dem christen'd widout delay,
De preacher christen'd eight or nine,
Young Dandy Jims of Caroline.

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An when de preacher took his text,
He seemed to be berry much perplexed,
For nothing cum across his mind,
But Dandy Jim of Caroline.

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