Little Puff of Smoke, Goodnight


Little Puff of Smoke, Goodnight


Little colored child
He’s been running wild
Running all the livelong day
Must be tired out
Must be just about
Ready now to seek the hay
Mammy sits right near
Pickaninny dear
Nothing’s goin’ to harm him, no
Mammy she, her watch will keep
While her little boy’s asleep
On his pillow white as snow
Little shining star
In the sky afar
Tells my boy to go to sleep
Go to sleep and rest
On your mammy’s breast
While the angels watch will keep
Sweetest dreams will come
To my sugar plum
To my little heart’s delight
Cuddle down and shut your eyes
Waking with the bright sunrise
Little Puff of Smoke, Good night
Time to sleep and rest
In your cory nest
Time to close those little lids down tight
Other kids like you
They are sleeping too
Waiting for tomorrow’s sunshine bright
When the new dawn breaks
Pickaninny wakes
Little Puff of Smoke Good night


R.W. Lardner (words), G. Harris (Doc) White (music)




R.W. Lardner (words), G. Harris (Doc) White (music), “Little Puff of Smoke, Goodnight,” The Baseball Sheet Music Project, accessed October 3, 2022,