[Double Homicide:] “Do Your Honey Do.” Comical Coon Song.
Illustrated by “Brill”
Double homicide. Murder in the music. What do you do, the lyrics ask, when you save up all your dough, but “When you feel in your bones dat gal you love, Is another nigger’s beau”? The answer is murder: “And I done him, cause I loved her, I carved him long, I carved him deep, Yes I done him, Does you believe me, And I put that coon to sleep…”
The large colorful cover illustration shows the crime about to happen. A dandy, well-dressed, is arm-in-arm, escorting the lady in dispute. The dandy is oblivious to the fact that he is living his last moments of life. Behind him, Miss Liza’s other lover (an African-American man of lesser means in simple dress) is reaching into his pocket to pull out his knife, the murder weapon. His gaze is sheer hatred. Miss Liza reacts in shock as as she turns her head, a witness to the crime about to unfold. But for being untrue, Miss Liza will also fall victim to the killer’s knife, as narrated by a slight variation of the horrific lyrics above.
What’s interesting is that this “sheet music” is not quite. This example was not published by a traditional sheet music publisher, but was issued as a Philadelphia newspaper supplement.
Description: [Double Homicide:] “Do Your Honey Do.” Comical Coon Song.
[Supplement to Philadelphia Press, November 14, 1897.] p., pulp paper. 14 x 11 inches. Illustrated Sheet Music. Music with lyrics. Cover art by George Reiter Brill. Numerous creases from handling; very good.