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GUEST,Richie African- American folksong by Odum 1911 (7) African- American folksong by Odum 1911 24 Nov 06


I had a bit of a laugh at this mondegreen. It's easy to spot now but at the time they didn't know. It's a good version.

What song is it? Who's Kelly anyway?

THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN FOLK-LORE
Vol. XXIV. —JULY-SEPTEMBER, 1911— No. XCIII
FOLK-SONG AND FOLK-POETRY AS FOUND IN THE SECULAR SONGS OF THE SOUTHERN NEGROES
BY HOWARD W. ODUM

42. kelly's love
In "Kelly's Love" the note of disappointed love is sounded:

| : Love, Kelly's love, : | (three times)
You broke de heart o' many a girl,
You never break dis heart o' mine.

| : When I wo' my aprons low, : | (three times)
Couldn't keep you from my do'.

| : Now I weahs my aprons high, : | (three times)
Sca'cely ever see you passin' by.

| : Now I weahs my aprons to my chin, : | (three times)
You pass my do', but can't come in.

| : See what Kelly's love have done. : | (three times)
See what Kelly's love have done.

: If I had listened to what my mamma said, : | (three times)
I would a been at home in mamma's bed.


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