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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.