Away from Mississippi's vale, With my ol' hat there for a sail, I crossed upon a cotton bale To Rose of Alabamy. CHORUS: Oh brown Rosie, Rose of Alabamy! A sweet tobacco posey Is my Rose of Alabamy. I landed on the far sand bank, I sat upon the hollow plank, And there I made the banjo twank For Rose of Alabamy.--CHORUS Oh, after d'rectly bye and bye, The moon rose white as Rosie's eye; Then like a young coon out so sly Stole Rose of Alabamy.--CHORUS I said "Sit down just where you please." Upon my lap she took her ease. "It's good to go upon the knees," Said Rose of Alabamy.--CHORUS The river rose; the cricket sang, The lightnin' bug did flash his wing; Then like a rope my arms I fling, 'Round Rose of Alabamy.--CHORUS We hugged how long I cannot tell. My Rosie seemed to like it well. My banjo in the river fell. Oh, Rose of Alabamy.--CHORUS Like alligator after prey, I jump in, but it float away, And all the while it seem to say, "Oh, Rose of Alabamy."--CHORUS Now every night come rain or shower, I hunt that banjo for an hour; And see my sweet tobacco flower, Oh, Rose of Alabamy.--CHORUS 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 Alabamy.--CHORUS

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