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Thread #6645   Message #3777006
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
06-Mar-16 - 02:52 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Add: I Bid You Goodnight
Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: I Bid You Goodnight
No doubt. I've already commented on Bahamaian "authenticity" elsewhere. 'Nuff said.

Joe had remarked on this particular volume in Songbook Indexing: Calypso/Caribbean Songbooks . Like vaudeville's "John B," this is just the earliest (??) documentation of the song in the Bahamas. In this context "Bid You Goodnight" is performed as a circle game/party song.

Sankey: "The Sweet Singer of Methodism"

The Senior Methodist Missionary to the Bahamas for most of his adult life was a fellow by the name of T.H.C. Lofthouse. His son Charles was a founder of the Bahamian goombay genre in the early 20th century. ("Bahama Mama," &c.)