Hunkee Doree (1865) & Maison Doree?

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Dec 27 21:15:25 UTC 2005

On 12/27/05, Bapopik at <Bapopik at> wrote:
> ProQuest gives us 1865 citations for "Hunkee Doree." Dan Bryant performed
> "Hunkee Doree, the Live Injun" at Bryant's Minstrels, 472 Broadway, New York
> City.

"Hunkey Dorum" was another early variant:


New York Times, Sep 9, 1866, p. 2/7
(HNP Doc ID: 83458554)

"Hunkey Dorum" will show the degeneration which has taken place in negro songs:

  I went out one day for a lark,
   Hunkey Dorum, we am de boys,
  I met a lubly gal in de park,
   Hunkey Dorum, doodle dum day.

Of course the gal behaves shamefully, with a

   Hunkey Dorum, doodle dum day.


--Ben Zimmer

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