Sally Brown (Gerald S Doyle)

See also: Sally Brown (Irish Descendants)

Sally Brown, come down I wants you,
Ay ho, roll and go;
Roll and go, and she rolls me over,
And I'll spend my money on you, Sal Brown.

Sally Brown was Jim Brown's daughter,
Ay ho, roll and go;
She rolls me over ten times over,
Spend my money on you, Sal Brown.

####.... Author unknown. Traditional capstan shanty ....####
Published 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).

Also published on p.29 of Songs Of Newfoundland, a complimentary booklet of lyrics to twenty-one songs distributed by the Bennett Brewing Co Ltd, of St John's, NL, with the cooperation of the Gerald S Doyle Song Book from which these lyrics were obtained.

Doyle apparently obtained this capstan shanty from Ballads and Sea-Songs of Newfoundland by Elizabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, 1933) who published it as #166, Sally Brown on p.337, getting the first stanza from the singing of Captain John Gullage and the second stanza from what Greenleaf and Mansfield pieced together from what other men said aboard the SS Sagona in 1929.

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