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Thread #61495 Message #989058
Posted By: Amos
23-Jul-03 - 04:28 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
Subject: RE: Origins: Jamaica Farewell: History?
Well, it would be interesting to know whether there were any genuinely indigenous bits relating to "the Jamaica Farewell", which is the phrase Belafonte used in describing whatever it was he heard as a child playing and swimming around the Kingston docks. (I assume it was Kingston). It was really disingenuous of him to paint this picture of a small island boy hearing the sailors sing "The Jamaica Farewell", obviosuly this song, and not mention that it was written by a talented living professional songwriter!! The whole tearjerking picture of "small Island boy makes it to the big time and remembers his roots" is just frabjous and meretricious! I am anNOYed! :>)