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Posted By: GUEST,-Richie
05-Nov-02 - 10:55 AM
Thread Name: Kemo Kimo info
Subject: Kemo Kimo Info
I'm studying Kemo Kimo/Sing Song Kitty:

Here's the 1854 version:

In South Carolina de darkies go,
Sing song, Kitty, can't you ki' me, oh!
Dat's whar de white folks plant the tow.
Sing song, Kitty, can't you ki' me, oh!
Cover the ground all over with smoke,
Sing song Kitty, can't you ki' me, oh!
And up de darkies' heads dey poke.
Sing song, Kitty, can't you ki' me, oh!

Shouldn't the second verse be, "Plant the toe" Is there something I'm missing here?

Why isn't it named "Keemo Kimo"?

The notes on the sheet music for Kitty Kimo from American Memory (Same lyrics as Camo Kimo) say: Composed and arranged by Charles White, and sung nightly, by Old Dan Emmit, with thunders of Applause. If you want to spend a pleasant evening and enjoy a hearty laugh, go to White's Melodeon, 53 Bowery.

However there's no "Kitty Kimo" in this version but it is "Kitty Kimo" in the "Kemo Kimo" vrsion. Is this a mistake in the American Memory Collection?

Thanks for your imput,