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Thread #7465   Message #45315
Posted By: Barry Finn
13-Nov-98 - 11:53 PM
Thread Name: Bob Fox & Stu Luckley CD "Band of Gold"
Subject: RE: Bob Fox & Stu Luckley CD
She took me in , she gave me gin
She danced me round the floor

Hurrah me yellow gals, doodle let me go

She bounced up, she bounced she bounced down
She bounced me round the town

Hugill calls it 'Doodle Let Me Go' & 'Do Let Me Go', I've also seen it as "Yellow Gals'. For such a rusting shanty that's been fairly popular it's not in many collections nor has it been recorded alot. A yellow gal would be a light skined woman of part African descent. Hugill starts off his first verse with

"Oh, once I met a dou-dou fair"

Dou-Dou is a West Indian term for a fine women. With the way this song is sung I'd take it for not so much an Irish born shanty as I would a mix of Irish-Afro American. The doodle to start it off with could be a corruption of "Dou-Dou let me go me gal...". The use of the "Hurrah" is in many shanties, but in far more of the ones infulenced by Black sailors. It also lends itself to more harmony in such a short chorus than you'd find in a European bred shanty. Anyway, much of that is my on opinion, so take it with a grain of salt. Barry