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Topsy's in town
Additional title: Coons are excited 'bout a gal from Mobile, she just arrived the other day. [first line of song]
Additional title: She is a lady she is a queen she reigns supreme. [first line of chorus]
Trahern, Al (Lyricist)
Crosby, Warner (Composer)
Parker, Frank (Cover designer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: A.W. Tams
Library locations
Music Division
Older African American women
Aristocracy (Social class)
Content: Summary: Using stereotyped language and terms, the narrator describes Topsy, a well-bred African American woman.
Content: Cover design by Frank Parker includes drawing of a woman with a hat.
Content: Published as the Sunday Wolrd Music Album; supplement to the New York World. Sunday, Dec. 17, 1899.
Content: Song begins with 16 measures of piano music labeled Cake-walk.
Content: Pages 5-6 also contains voice-only music and text for the songs "The Tottenham toreador" by Edward Kent (p. 5) and "The village wedding" by A.E. Lawrence and Geo. Lester.
Statement of responsibility: words by Al. Trahern ; music by Warner Crosby.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b679e9b0-c595-012f-cf88-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Topsy's in town" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Topsy's in town" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed February 19, 2020.

APA Format

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Wikipedia Citation

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Topsy's in town