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"Little Mohe" Lyrics, circa 1890

 File — Box: 4265.001, Folder: 8

Scope and Contents

This file contains a handwritten version of the lyrics to the American folk song "Little Mohe," about a sailor who meets a native woman while he is visiting her country.


  • circa 1890

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

The American folk song "The Little Mohee"--also known by the name "Little Mohe," "The Pretty Mohea," and other titles--appeared as early as 1847 and became popular around the United States. It can also be found in Atlantic Canada. The song recounts a man's meeting with "an Indian lass" who asks him to stay with her and to learn her language, though he eventually returns to his own country. It exists in numerous versions and recordings.

(Source: Folklorist,; "MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada," Both accessed June 17, 2020.)


From the Collection: 3.8 Linear Feet


Formerly MSS.1921

Local Identifier


Processing Information

Processed by Brittany Ray, 2007.

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266