Rose of Alabama

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Away from Mississippi’s vale
With my ol’ hat there for a sail
I crossed upon a cotton bale
To Rose of Alabama

I landed on the far sand bank
I sat upon the hollow plank
And there I made the banjo twank
For Rose of Alabama

    Oh brown Rosie
    Rose of Alabama
    Sweet tobacco posey
    Is my Rose of Alabama
    Sweet tobacco posey
    Is my Rose of Alabama

I says to her sit as you please
Across my leg she took her ease
It’s good to go upon the knees
Said Rose of Alabama

The river rose the cricket sang
The lightnin’ bug did flash his wing
Then like a rope my arms I fling
Round Rose of Alabama

We hugged so long I cannot tell
My Rosie seemed to like it well
My banjo in the river fell
Oh Rose of Alabama

Like alligator after prey
I dives in but it float away
And all the while it seem to say
Oh Rose of Alabama

Now every day come rain or shower
I hunt my banjo for an hour
And meet my sweet tobacco flower
Oh Rose of Alabama

Oh fare thee well you belles of Spain
And fare thee well to Liza Jane
Your charms will all be put to shame
By Rose of Alabama