#03174
Sally Brown (Irish Descendants) video
#1901: YouTube video by Notasthinkasudrunkim
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Shipped on board a Liverpool liner,
Way hey roll on board;
Well, I rolled all night and I rolled all day,
I'm gonna spend my money on Sally Brown.

Miss Sally Brown is a fine young lady,
Way hey roll on board;
Well, I rolled all night and I rolled all day,
I'm gonna spend my money on Sally Brown.

Her mother doesn't like the tarry sailor,
Way hey roll on board;
Well, I rolled all night and I rolled all day,
I'm gonna spend my money on Sally Brown.

She wants her to marry the one-legged captain,
Way hey roll on board;
Well, I rolled all night and I rolled all day,
I'm gonna spend my money on Sally Brown.

Shipped on board a Liverpool liner,
Way hey roll on board;
Well, I rolled all night and I rolled all day,
I'm gonna spend my money on Sally Brown.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a traditional capstan shanty first published by Captain John Robinson in Songs Of The Chantey Man, a series published from July to August 1917 in the periodical The Bellman, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1906-1919). ....####
Snippets of Sally Brown were published in A Diary In America: With Remarks On Its Institutions, Volume I pp.39-43, by Frederick Marryat, published by Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longman, London, 1839. On those pages Marryat describes the scene during preparations for sailing aboard the packet ship Quebec out of Portsmouth, England. All hands joined in singing Sally Brown while weighing anchor, and Marryat wrote: "The Seamen, as usual, lightened their labour with the song and chorus. The song was peculiarly musical, although not refined; and the chorus was given with great emphasis by the whole crew between every line of the song, sung by an athletic third mate."

This variant was recorded by the Irish Descendants, St John's, NL (Misty Morning Shore, trk#6, 1991 CD, produced by Gary O'Driscoll and recorded at First City Studios, St. John's, NL); and (Encore: Best Of The Irish Descendants Volume 2, trk#1, 2009 CD, All Ears Music Company, Toronto, Ontario, distributed by Universal Music Canada, Toronto, Ontario).


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A variant was collected in 1929 from the singing of Captain John Gullage of the SS Sagona, and published as #166 on p.337 in Ballads And Sea-Songs Of Newfoundland by Elizabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968).

A two-verse variant was also published as Sally Brown in Gerald S Doyle's Old-Time Songs And Poetry Of Newfoundland: Songs Of The People From The Days Of Our Forefathers (Third Edition, p. 53, 1955).



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