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Thread #17932   Message #175263
Posted By: GUEST,Philippa
08-Feb-00 - 07:17 PM
Thread Name: ??Who WAS the 'Brown Girl'
Subject: RE: ??Who WAS the 'Brown Girl'
And I am RED... Roberto is right; "The Brown Girl she has house and land. Fair Ellender has none. Therefore I advise you Thomas my son, Go fetch the Brown Girl home"

The bit, in this version that might sound racist is when Ellender comes to the wedding and tells Thomas, "Your bride is wonderful brown. You once could have had as fair a maiden as ever the sun shone on." I sing "lovely and brown" as it makes the line sound more as if both women are equally pretty.