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Thread #52945 Message #812858
Posted By: GUEST
27-Oct-02 - 10:14 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
Subject: RE: Origin Johnson Boys/Johnson Gals
From Stewie's post: Meade notes: 'The tune is an adaptation of 'Doran's Ass' (see Laws Q19), dating from around 1860.'
Doran's Ass/Dolan's Ass is also known as "Finnegan's Wake" or "Tim Finnegan's Wake." Any info?
Also wondering about the word 'calico' in "Johnson Gals." Referring to light-skinned African-American woman?