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My little 'lasses candy coon
Additional title: A picaninny climbed on his old mammy's knee, saying tell me a story, tell me do. [first line of song]
Additional title: My little 'lasses candy coon, Mammy'll put you to bed soon. [first line of chorus]
Mann, Nat. D. (Nathaniel D.) (Lyricist)
Mann, Nat. D. (Nathaniel D.) (Composer)
Maxwell, Jos. B. (Dedicatee)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York ; Chicago
Publisher: M. Witmark & Sons
Library locations
Music Division
African American infants
African Americans
Lullabies -- United States
Aged persons
Content: Cover design with stereotyped depictions of African Americans shows an elderly "Mammy," bandanna covering her hair, a cane in her right hand, holding a baby on her left shoulder. A few furnishings of her house are visible, most in a poor state: a baby cradle, a window with a sill, a cupboard and table with dishes, and a shelf on the wall with a clock, decoy, and a brush.
Content: Dedication above caption title: Dedicated to my esteemed friend, Jos. B. Maxwell.
Content: Summary: Using stereotyped language, describes a bedtime scene where a young African American asks his "Mammy" to tell bedtime stories.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Nat. D. Mann.
Physical Description
Extent: 6 p. ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 440f7110-c595-012f-d3a1-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My little 'lasses candy coon" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899 - 1899.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "My little 'lasses candy coon" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed December 6, 2019.

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My little 'lasses candy coon