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That's What's the Matter with the Purps

Tripp & Cragg, The Author
Kentucky, Louisville
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, Courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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Sheet Music


This is a piece of sheet music for the song, “That’s What’s the Matter with the Purps.” The cover features an illustration at the center of an African American male with two dogs biting his legs. The dog on the left has the head of Abraham Lincoln. The dog on the right has the head of Jefferson Davis. The title is printed across the cover in black lettering. “Comic Song Published by the Author” is printed below the illustration. 1 score (5 p.) For voice and piano. Additional verses printed as text on page 5. First line: Twas down South in Dixie, whar dey raise de Rice and Cotton. Chorus: I tell you what it is, I'se at de bottom ob de fuss. Part of The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum.