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Thread #27464   Message #337169
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
09-Nov-00 - 12:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords Req: The Brown and the Yellow Ale
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: The Brown and the Yellow Ale
There is another version in the DT, apparantly translated from the Irish by James Joyce:  The Brown and Yellow Earl.  Debby McClatchy's explanation of the song as a droit de seigneur story is attached.  Of course, there is considerable doubt that that custom was ever observed in Ireland (or England and Scotland, for that matter) but it is a part of folklore at any rate.  Whether or not it has anything to do with the song is another matter!  Really, we need the Irish text to get any further.

Malcolm