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The Rose of Alabama
Album: Songs of the South: Bagpipes and Banjos
 
Lyrics: S. S. Steele (1846)
This song was penned in the 1840's as a diversion from the standard Scotch- Irish repertoire. It's syncopated rhythm and suggestive lyrics come from Africa. Tunes such as this evolved into ragtime, jazz, blues and eventually rock.  
 

 
Away from Mississippi's vale
Wid my ole hat there for a sail
I crossed upon a cotton bale
To the Rose of Alabama
Oh brown Rosey,
The Rose of Alabama
A sweet tobacco posey
Is the Rose of Alabama

I landed on a sand bank,
I sat upon a holler plank,
An' there I made the banjo twank,
For the Rose of Alabama.
Oh, brown Rosey,
The Rose of Alabama,
A sweet tobacco posey
Is the Rose of Alabama

And after d'reckly, by an' by,
The moon rose white as Rose's eye,
Then like a young coon out so sly,
Stole Rose of Alambama.
Oh, brown Rosey,
The Rose of Alabama,
A sweet tobacco posey
Is the Rose of Alabama

The river rolled, the crickets sing,
The lightnin' bug he flashed his wing,
And like a rope my arms I fling
'Round Rose of Alabama.
Oh, brown Rosey,
The Rose of Alabama,
A sweet tobacco posey
Is the Rose of Alabama

 

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