I had my face enameled, I had my hair made straight.
I dressed up like a white man, and cert'nly did look great.
Then started out to see her, just shortly after dark,
But on the way to meet my babe I had to cross a park;
Just as I was a-thinking I had things fixed up right,
I passed a tree where two doves sat making love at night;
They stopped and looked me over, I saw my finish soon.
When both those birds said good and loud,
— 1901 hit song "Coon! Coon! Coon!" by Gene Jefferson and Leo Friedman