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GUEST,Jim Ward Lyr Add: The Lily of Laguna (Leslie Stuart) (29) Lyr Add: THE LILY OF LAGUNA (Leslie Stuart) 07 May 03


THE LILY OF LAGUNA
Written and composed by Leslie Stuart in 1898 for the great American music hall singer, Eugene Stratton (The Dandy Coloured Coon). G. H. Elliott (The Chocolate Coloured Coon) revived many of Stratton's songs after his death in 1918 and continued performing them until his death in 1962.

1. It's de same old tale of a palpatating niggar ev'ry time, ev'ry time;
It's de same old trouble of a coon
Dat wants to be married very soon;
It's de same old heart dat is longing for its lady ev'ry time, yes ev'ry time,
But not de same gal, not de same gal,
She is ma Lily, ma Lily, ma Lily gal!
She goes ev'ry sundown, yes, ev'ry sundown
Callin' in de cattle up de mountain;
I go 'kase she wants me, yes, 'kase she wants me
Help her do de callin' and de countin'.
She plays her music to call de lone lambs dat roam above,
But I'm de black sheep and I'm waitin'
For de signal of ma little lady love.

CHORUS: She's ma lady love.
She is ma dove, my baby love.
She's no gal for sittin' down to dream.
She's de only queen Laguna knows.
I know she likes me.
I know she likes me
Bekase she says so.
She is de Lily of Laguna.
She is my Lily and ma Rose.

2. When I first met Lil it was down in old Laguna at de dance, oder night;
So she says, "Say, a'm curious for to know
When ye leave here de way yer goin' to go,
'Kase a wants to see who de lady is dat claims ye all way home, way home tonight."
I says, "I've no gal, never had one,"
And den ma Lily, ma Lily, ma Lily gal!
She says, "Kern't believe ye, a kern't believe ye,
Else I'd like to have ye shapperoon me;
Dad says he'll esscortch me, says he'll esscortch me,
But it's mighty easy for to lose him."
Since then each sundown I wander down here and roam around
Until I know ma lady wants me,
Till I hear de music ob de signal sound.


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