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Thread #16088   Message #2355426
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
02-Jun-08 - 03:19 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Sarie Marais
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: My Sari Marais / Sarie Marais
This Afrikaans song of the Anglo-Boer War has been rewritten and the tune re-used in many ways.
The Boer (more properly Afrikaans) words are in the DT, but not in complete form.

The tune is "Ellie Rhee," by Sep Winner, in the form in "The Scottish Student's Songbook," 1891, 1892, musical score p. 312-313. (Those familiar with Burl Ives will recognize it as the tune he used in part for "The Foggy, Foggy Dew." Sep Winner titled the song "Carry Me Back to Tennessee, or Ellie Rhee," published by him in Philadelphia, 1865. The sheet music is available at American Memory:

The lyrics of Sarie Marais are the efforts of several songwriters, probably J. P. Toerien initially; the compiled version by Dirkie de Villiers.

The tune may be heard at no. 143 at Sarie Marais

This South African Afrikaanse Folksong website, Ons Blerkas, has lyrics and tunes for some 400 Afrikaanse songs.