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Old Brown's Daughter (Johnny Burke) video

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 Johnny Burke songs.

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).


See more Great Big Sea songs.

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



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