Minstrel Banjo

For enthusiasts of early banjo

Sometime ago I came across a website with a large collection of lyrics for minstrel music, but I've somehow lost the bookmark.  Anyone know of such a site?  I'm specifically looking for "Peeping Through the Cellar Door", and "Black Cat, White Cat".

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You are already there! Just stroll on over to the door marked "Resources" and look on the shelf for Buckley's 1860 tutor and one by Rice. I think they are in there along with the music. Tim has the best library.

I cannot find anything marked "Resources" on this site for "Peepin Through De Cellar Door."

Does anyone think it might be a song from a minstrel show back then? The lyrics are so strange. It certainly was not a slave song. There seems to be a double meaning but I cannot begin to guess what it is. Could "yellow woman" mean someone who has opium and the singer ended up in an opium den?

Thanks from the Virgin Islands.



Rob Kunkel said:

I cannot find anything marked "Resources" on this site for "Peepin Through De Cellar Door."

Does anyone think it might be a song from a minstrel show back then? The lyrics are so strange. It certainly was not a slave song. There seems to be a double meaning but I cannot begin to guess what it is. Could "yellow woman" mean someone who has opium and the singer ended up in an opium den?

Thanks from the Virgin Islands.

i heard the tune on a cd named "minstrel banjo style",an excellent version is performed by Joe Ayers,white cat,black cat by Thomas D Rice is performed flawlessly by Clark Buehling as well on the same....you can copy th lyrics from the recording...................a yellow gal is a woman who is half bred white and black,with lighter toned skin,like th yellow rose of Texas

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