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Nelly Bly

By Stephen Foster

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SSA choir SSA, Keyboard (Rehearsal Use Only)
Composed by Stephen Foster (1826-1864). Arranged by David Dusing. Choral part(s). 11 pages. E. Henry David #392-02592. Published by E. Henry David (PR.392025920).

Item Number: PR.392025920

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.

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