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Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)

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Subject: Lyr. req: Sally Ann
From: tah@cts.com
Date: 22 Sep 97 - 01:05 AM

Anyone have the lyrics to "Sally Ann", the one to the tune of "Sail Away Ladies"?
Messages from multiple threads combined.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Add: SALLY ANN
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 22 Sep 97 - 11:13 AM

Well, Rufus Crisp used to sing it as Blue Goose

Wait in the meadow till the blue goose come (3x) Shoot him with a rifle gun.

Prettiest gal in the county, O (3x) I could of had ;er if I wanted o'

Sift your wheat and save your bran (3x) Come to the wedding, Sally Ann

On a Folkways recording titled Rufus Crisp


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Subject: Lyrics req: Sally Ann
From: for Hotspur
Date: 19 Mar 99 - 08:30 AM

Subject: Lyrics to
From: hotspur
Date: 18-Mar-99 - 02:41 PM

I'm looking for the lyrics to a song called "Sally Anne". The chorus goes something like this: Who's gonna dance with Sally Anne? Who's gonna touch her tremblin' hand? When the fiddler takes the stand, Who's gonna dance with Sally Anne?

Thanks in advance for any help on this.

...transferred from "lyrics to" thread. Is there still a problem with quotation marks in thread titles? - the Dg.


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Subject: lyr req: Sally Ann
From: tah@cts.com
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 12:24 AM

Anyone have the lyrics to the Ballad of Sally Ann?

The one that goes:

Who's gonna dance with Sally Ann
Who's gonna touch her trembling hand
When the fiddler takes the stand
Who's gonna dance with Sally Ann?

Much obliged,

Terry in San Diego


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Subject: Lyr Add: SALLY ANNE
From: Wolfgang
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 06:17 AM

copy&pasted from http://www.runet.edu/~bluegrass/songs/sallyanne.html

Wolfgang

SALLY ANNE
Traditional

With love in his heart and flowers in his hand,
Johnny proposed to Sally Anne.
And Sally shivered as she said,
I'll love you till the day I'm dead.

Johnny got married in his one good suit,
But the ride from the church bore strange fruit.
Down by the road, you can hear her cry.
That they hung from a tree, she watched him die.

(Chorus)

Who's gonna dance with Sally Anne?
Who's gonna touch her tremblin' hand?
When the fiddler takes the stand,
Who's gonna dance with Sally Anne?

Sally attends every wedding 'round here,
Looking for her Johnny dear.
You can feel them in the room,
If the fiddler plays that tune.

Chorus

Sail away ladies, sail away.
Sail away ladies, sail away.
Doc and Cellos cross the floor.
Ghostly love, a dance once more.
When the wedding bells ring in that town,
A ghostly virgin strolls the ground.

Chorus

Repeat


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Subject: RE: lyr req: Sally Ann
From: terry
Date: 08 Apr 99 - 10:01 AM

Vielen Dank, Wolfgang!!


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Subject: RE: lyr req: Sally Ann
From: Teggere
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 12:21 PM

SALLY ANNE
Traditional

With love in his heart and flowers in his hand,
Johnny proposed to Sally Anne.
And Sally shivered as she said,
I'll love you till the day I'm dead.

Johnny got married in his one good suit,
But the ride from the church bore strange fruit.
Down by the road, you can hear her cry.
That they hung from a tree, she watched him die. ( could be they hung him from a tree)

(Chorus)

Who's gonna dance with Sally Anne?
Who's gonna touch her tremblin' hand?
When the fiddler takes the stand,
Who's gonna dance with Sally Anne?

Sally attends every wedding 'round here,
Looking for her Johnny dear.
You can feel them in the room,
If the fiddler plays that tune.

Chorus

Sail away ladies, sail away.
Sail away ladies, sail away.
Doc and Cellos cross the floor. (probably darkened shadows cross the floor)
Ghostly love, a dance once more.
When the wedding bells ring in that town,
A ghostly virgin strolls the ground.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SALLY ANNE
From: Teggere
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 12:24 PM

SALLY ANNE
Traditional

With love in his heart and flowers in his hand,
Johnny proposed to Sally Anne.
And Sally shivered as she said,
I'll love you till the day I'm dead.

Johnny got married in his one good suit,
But the ride from the church bore strange fruit.
Down by the road, you can hear her cry.
That they hung from a tree, she watched him die. ( could be they hung him from a tree)

(Chorus)

Who's gonna dance with Sally Anne?
Who's gonna touch her tremblin' hand?
When the fiddler takes the stand,
Who's gonna dance with Sally Anne?

Sally attends every wedding 'round here,
Looking for her Johnny dear.
You can feel them in the room,
If the fiddler plays that tune.

Chorus

Sail away ladies, sail away.
Sail away ladies, sail away.
Doc and Cellos cross the floor. (probably darkened shadows cross the floor)
Ghostly love, a dance once more.
When the wedding bells ring in that town,
A ghostly virgin strolls the ground.
    Apparently, Teggere posted this to suggest corrections to the lyrics posted by Wolfgang above. Teggere's lyrics are also posted in this thread.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann
From: GUEST,TikTok
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 04:59 PM

If that Sally Anne is traditional, I'll eat my hat.

Sourcing? The ballad form has obvious literary touches, and I bet it was written in the past twenty years.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann
From: Teggere
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 08:25 PM

I don't know, I am just getting into Bluegrass music, and I found Sally Ann listed, but I don't believe it's all there, maybe it's not a written song, maybe it's handed down, and sung this way, or that way depending on the band.


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Subject: RE: lyr req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 11:10 PM

Who is the author of the 'strange fruit' verse?


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Subject: RE: lyr req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: Teggere
Date: 16 Mar 05 - 11:35 PM

I have been trying to find the correct words to the bore strange fruit verse for days now. I have looked high and low on the net, but nobody seems to know. I was offering suggestions as to what it might be.


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Subject: RE: lyr req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Mar 05 - 01:47 PM

The lyrics of the 'strange fruit' version has little to do with the old fiddle tune; I agree with Tiktok that it is modern, perhaps with a wee bit of a steal from Abel Meerapol (Lewis Allan).
Probably by Mark Johnson and Clawgrass- Thread 13719, post by Margo: Sally Ann


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Subject: RE: lyr req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: Teggere
Date: 17 Mar 05 - 06:52 PM

An old fiddle tune with no lyr?


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Subject: RE: lyr req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Mar 05 - 07:08 PM

? See post by Barry Finn at top of thread 13719 for some proper lyrics. Sally Ann




(Not the new song with the strange fruit)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: GUEST,Danny Brown
Date: 24 Sep 05 - 02:13 AM

The first version of the lyrics posted above are the same as the version on Mark O'Connor's "New Nashville Cats" that came out in 1990.

The version is pretty fast, but the vocalist named John Coawn sings a really nice vocal track with pretty good annunciation.

The words are the same.

I think that I'm going to record a version of this.

Danny Brown


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 24 Sep 05 - 11:22 AM

Cute song, nicely atmospheric, but not in the least traditional. It's a modern literary-style exercise -- I haven't seen the O'Connor record, but I bet if you check the composer credits it might be illuminating.

It basically forms a whole new song based on a single tag from the REALLY traditional "Sally Ann" and a single line from the traditional "Sail Away Ladies."

Kinda hate to see such a song, whatever its merits, credited as "traditional" when it's clearly not. Reminds me of John Jacob Niles sneaking his compositions into the folkstream by pretending he'd collected them somewhere vague from someone even vaguer.

Of course it's getting to be "traditional" to call something "traditional" even when it isn't. How much less traditional can you get? :)

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Nov 05 - 10:14 AM

OK, on Mark O'Connor's CD it says:

(Traditional) Arrangement by: Mark O'Connor and Harry Stinson
Lyrics by: Alice Randall, Harry Stinson, Mark O'Connor

It lists publishing as:
Mark O'Connor Music / Tree Publishing Co, Inc. BMI
Sony Tunes Inc. ASCAP

It's interesting to note that it has both BMI and ASCAP listed!

It's probebly an old fiddle tune that has been adapted.
You can't go by the publishing and info on a CD or anything else really.
Just think how A.C. Carter ripped off every traditional song he could find and claimed them. This is essentially how BMI was formed.

By the way: The correct lyrics in the last verse are:
Darkened shadows cross the floor and not Doc and Cellos cross the floor. Although it conjures up visions of some old guy named Doc and ghostly cellos (kinda' like fiddles) those are not the lyrics.

and... the line "bore strange fruit" is/was a commonly used phrase that refers to the Bible's reference of Adam eating the apple. That is probebly the oldest line in the song!

DB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: GUEST,Pete Peterson
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 09:27 AM

Doesn't anybody besides me think of Billy Holliday when the phrase "strange fruit" is used, especially in the context of lynching? (Yip Harburg wrote the actual words IIRC but it's Billie's song)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: Ebbie
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 06:21 PM

Not until a month ago did I hear Sally Ann played and sung to the tune of Sail Away Ladies. The lyrics were not familiar to me. Sail Away Ladies has its own lyrics- whuzzup with that?

The Sally Ann (sister to Liza Jane?) I have known for years is an A tune, and the lyrics, which hardly anyone sings, talk about a muskrat.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: GLoux
Date: 11 Nov 05 - 07:30 PM

Did you ever see a muskrat, Sally Ann
Dragging his slick tail through the sand?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: GUEST,Don
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 05:38 AM

Ebbie....where did you hear the song/ tune. There are so many different versions of Sally Ann. And there isn't .10 cents worth of difference between a couple of the versions of Sally Ann and Sail Away Ladies.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jul 08 - 09:58 PM

For those who may not be familiar with the song Strange Fruit, here's a excerpt from that song's wikipedia page:
Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday. It condemned American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans that had occurred chiefly in the South but also in the North for decades before this was written. Holiday's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1978.[2] It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts...

"Strange Fruit"

Single by Billie Holiday
A-side Fine and Mellow
Released 1939
Format 78 rpm
Recorded April 20, 1939[1]
Genre Blues
Label Commodore
Writer(s) Abel Meeropol

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Fruit

Also, here's a link to a YouTube video of Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs
"Rare Live Footage of one of the firtst anti rascism songs ever" [sic]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: GUEST,Bassmanbbn4
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 12:33 PM

Here is The Ballad of Sally Anne as performed by The Country Sisters which features Linda playing a 'hot' fiddle.

The lyrics are in there too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peR0LsjWrRc


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann (tune: Sail Away Ladies)
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Jul 08 - 12:59 PM

Here's that hyperlink,Bassmanbbn4

Thanks for letting folks know about this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peR0LsjWrRc


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