"I've Got a White Man Working For Me"

by Arthur Collins (w/ banjo acc. by Vess Ossman)

Sheet Music Cover courtesy of the Lester Levy Collection This song probably raised a few eyebrows in 1900, when this song was written by Andrew Sterling, by turning the tables on the accepted hierarchy of white over black. Other than that, the lyrics offer no challenge to the accepted stereotype of the time. Arthur Collins recorded this on a 2-minute Edison cylinder in March of 1901. He delivers this song warmly, portraying his character in such a way that you could practically reach out and touch him. Warning: the lyric content is admittedly racist by modern standards. That said, if you have a sense of humor you'll like this record. (A well-researched essay about Arthur Collins can be found at Tim Gracyk's web site.)

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