Title

A Negro Love Song

Publication Information

published in Majors and Minors (1895)

Musical Settings

James Gilroth, Seen My Lady Home Las' Night (May 2014)

William L. (William Levi) Dawson, Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back (voice and piano) (January 1923)

Simon Sargon, A Negro Love Song (Jump Back) (January 1965)

Reginald Evans, A Negro Love Song (September 2015)

Philip Hayden, Jump Back, Honey (January 2004)

Text

Seen my lady home las' night,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hel' huh han' an' sque'z it tight,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Hyeahd huh sigh a little sigh,
Seen a light gleam f'om huh eye,
An' a smile go flittin' by --
Jump back, honey, jump back.

Hyeahd de win' blow thoo de pine,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Mockin'-bird was singin' fine,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
An' my hea't was beatin' so,
When I reached my lady's do',
Dat I could n't ba' to go --
Jump back, honey, jump back.

Put my ahm aroun' huh wais',
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Raised huh lips an' took a tase,
Jump back, honey, jump back.
Love me, honey, love me true?
Love me well ez I love you?
An' she answe'd, "'Cose I do" --
Jump back, honey, jump back.

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