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Thread #13719   Message #2005573
Posted By: Jim Dixon
23-Mar-07 - 11:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Sally Ann / Ballad of Sally Anne
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann
The song whose lyrics Margo posted above is actually titled THE BALLAD OF SALLY ANNE. The tune seems to be based on the traditional tune SALLY ANN, but the lyrics are relatively new; they were written by Alice Randall and first recorded by Mark O'Connor on his 1990 album "The New Nashville Cats." According to ASCAP, O'Connor and Harry Stinson are given credit as co-writers with Randall—possibly for their "arrangement" of the traditional tune.

When Mark Johnson (with his band Clawgrass) recorded the same song on his album "Bridging the Gap" in 1997, he unfortunately called it SALLY ANN.

By the way, the second copy of the lyrics posted by "GUEST,chife@bellsouth.net" corrects one error—replacing "Sally tends to wait around here" with "Sally attends every wedding 'round here"—but then commits a new one, by replacing "Darkened shadows cross the floor" with "Doc and Cellos cross the floor"!