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Old Brown's Daughter (Johnny Burke) videos
See also: Old Brown's Daughter (Great Big Sea)
#346: YouTube video by BetweenTheRock
©2009 ~ Used with permission ~

Well, there is an ancient party at the other end of town,
And he keeps a little grocery store, and the ancient's name is Brown;
And he has a lovely daughter, such a treat I never saw,
Oh I only hope someday to be the old man's son-in-law.

Well old Brown he sells from off his shelf most anything you please,
He's got juice tarts for the little boys, lollipops and cheese;
His daughter minds the store, and it's a treat just to see her serve,
I'd like to run away with her, but I don't have the nerve.

And it's old Brown's daughter she's a proper sort of girl,
Old Brown's daughter is as fair as any pearl;
I wish I were a lord mayor, a marquis or an earl,
And blow me if I wouldn't marry old Brown's girl.

Well poor old Brown now, he has trouble with the gout,
He grumbles in his little parlour when he can't get out;
Oh and when I make a purchase, Lord, and she hands me the change,
That girl she makes me pulverised, I feel so very strange.

And it's old Brown's daughter she's a proper sort of girl,
Old Brown's daughter is as fair as any pearl;
I wish I were a lord mayor, a marquis or an earl,
And blow me if I wouldn't marry old Brown's girl.

But Miss Brown she smiles so sweetly when I say a tender word,
Ah, but old Brown says that she must wed a marquis or a lord;
And I don't suppose it's ever one of those things I will be,
But by jingo next election I will run for Trinity.

And it's old Brown's daughter she's a proper sort of girl,
Old Brown's daughter is as fair as any pearl;
I wish I were a lord mayor, a marquis or an earl,
And blow me if I wouldn't marry old Brown's girl.
And blow me if I wouldn't marry old Brown's girl.

####.... Written and composed by G W Hunt [c.1839-1904] ....####
Originally published by Lee & Walker, 922 Chestnut St, Philadelphia; W H Boner & Co, 1102 Chestnut St, Philadelphia; Oliver Ditson & Co, Boston; & S Nordheimer, Toronto; and Chas W Harris, New York.

This variant was collected by Johnny Burke and published in Burke's Ballads, p.6, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.


See more songs by Johnny Burke.

The video above features a live performance of a variant by Great Big Sea at the Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island, September 2009.

An acapella variant was also recorded as Old Brown's Daughter by Great Big Sea (Turn, trk#10, 1999, Sire Records, New York, NY. Recorded at First City Productions, St John's, NL, and produced by Steve Berlin and Great Big Sea).


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Note: Run for Trinity - try to get elected to Parliament in the constituency or electoral district of Trinity, Newfoundland.

The video below features an excellent performance by Stephen Rowe of Heart's Content and Gander, NL.


#175: YouTube video by bodhrannf
©2008 ~ Used with permission ~

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