by Stephen Collins Foster (1826 - 1864)

Angelina Baker
Language: English 
Way down on de old plantation 
Dah's where I was born, 
I used to beat de whole creation 
Hoein' in de corn: 
Oh! den I work and den I sing 
So happy all de day, 
Till Angelina Baker came 
And stole my heart away. 

Angelina Baker! 
Angelina Baker's gone 
She left me here to weep a tear 
And beat on de old jaw bone. 

I've seen my Angelina 
In de spring time and de fall, 
I've seen her in de corn field 
And I've seen her at de ball; 
And ebry time I met her 
She was smiling like de sun, 
But now I'm left to weep a tear 
Cayse Angelina's gone. 

Angelina am so tall 
She nebber sees de ground, 
She hab to take a wellumscope 
To look down on de town 
Angelina likes de boys 
As far as she can see dem, 
She used to run old Massa round 
To ax him for to free dem. 

Early in de morning 
Ob a lubly summer day 
I ax for Angelina, 
And dey say she's gone away" 
I dont know wha to find her, 
Cayse I don't know wha she's gone, 
She left me here to weep a tear 
And beat on de old jaw bone.


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