Nelly Bly

Stephen C. Foster

Arranged by David Dusing
Choral Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: SSA
Item Number: 392-02592
Number of Pages: 11
Publisher: E. Henry David Music Publishers
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

This delightful love song alludes, in the first verse, to “bring the broom along;” probably referring to the African-American wedding custom of “jumping the broom.” The singer’s affection for Nelly is shown in the verse, “heart warm as (a) cup of tea; And bigger than the sweet potato down in Tennessee.” Years after it was published it was adopted as a campaign song for Abraham Lincoln.

Nelly Bly

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Arranger Dusing, David
Publisher ID 392-02592