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Old 26 December 2011, 06:07 AM
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Looking around at some of the original lyrics, I don't see any evidence at all for this story. The point of the song wasn't to celebrate or even talk about prostitutes but to make fun of black people. However, I do think that what A Turtle NM says might be true, re "buffalo". It's true that the song was sung with different cities than Buffalo but it also seems true that Buffalo Gal was used as a term for a black woman (after the song, perhaps?). (The black man of the song was just called by the n word.)

So far, most of the supposed references for claim this were written way way after the song was first around, over 150 years ago.It was already being parodied by the late 1850s. (It occurs to me that the story of the OP might come from some of those parodies rather than the original meaning.)
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