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GUEST,Sheila 29 Jun 08 - 08:38 AM
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Azizi 29 Jun 08 - 10:32 AM
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Murray MacLeod 29 Jun 08 - 11:28 AM
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Subject: Nancy Nancy oh
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 08:38 AM

Can you help me recall a folk song where the chorus goes "Oh Nancy Nancy Nancy, oh Nancy Nancy oh." And why this name is so popular in folk songs? The tune is: do re mi do, re do la so, do re mi so mi re do. Thanks for help. Sheila


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 09:53 AM

Hi, I just found it. It's "Nancy Whiskey" or "The Carlton Weaver".
But why is this name so popular in song? Sheila


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 10:32 AM

Hi, Sheila.

I'm glad you found the song you were looking for. As to "Nancy" being so popular in songs, I didn't know that it was.

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any songs that include the name "Nancy".

In contrast, I immediately thought of the song Oh Sheila.

Of course, that's a R&B song, and not a "folk song".

It'll be interesting reading which folk songs will be listed that include the name "Nancy".

Best wishes,

Azizi


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 10:37 AM

My friend Bernie Martin used to sing a song called "Oh My Nancy Oh" about a sailor who sailed out of Port Dover.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 11:28 AM

"Adieu, Sweet lovely Nancy"
"The Soldier's Return"
"Ae Fond Kiss"
"Queen among the Heather"

are four which jump to mind immediately.

If you did a Mudcat search for "Nancy" I bet you would get dozens of songs.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: oldhippie
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 11:32 AM

Leavin' Nancy O - Eric Bogle


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Beer
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 11:36 AM

I have been doing a song called "Leaving Nancy" by Eric Bogle for a long time.
Beer
(adrien)


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 01:39 PM

Thanks all. Azizi, I appreciate your finding that song. Matter of fact, the first present my (now) husband gave me was a record called "Sheila" by Tommy Roe (so you know how old I am).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqg_rgs-bqU&feature=related

I'll be looking for a beautiful song with YOUR beautiful name as a title!

Sheila


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Betsy
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 02:20 PM

Nancy Spain ?


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Little Robyn
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 02:51 PM

Nancy was Eric's Mum's name.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Little Robyn
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 02:53 PM

Billy Boy.
Oh my Nancy tickled my fancy oh my darling Billy boy.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 02:58 PM

"Nancy w/ the Laughing Eyes" written for baby Nancy Sinatra

In old Calypsos there was often reference to DOR-O-TEE (Dorothy) or Miss Dor-o-tee as the generic 'other woman'.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Dave Roberts
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 05:27 PM

'Gosport Nancy', as immortalised by the redoubtable Rolf Harris.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 07:46 PM

Sort of like Sally in a lot of shantys and other sea songs.

Linn


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 07:55 PM

Right, whisky whisky Nancy-O.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 29 Jun 08 - 10:57 PM

There's a Nancy in 'It was Pleasant and Delightful.'

And Gilbert & Sullivan wrote

To lay aloft in a howling breeze may tickle a landman's taste,
But the happiest hour that a sailor sees is when he's down at
an inland town
With his Nancy on his knee YO HO! and his arm around her waist.

I believe that it was an irritating upper-class affection to pretend that every country girl with any personality was named Nancy.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 12:09 AM

I see there are certainly a number of folk songs about women with the name Nancy.

Sheila, your question "...why [is] this name [Nancy]...so popular in folk songs?" or at least why the name Nancy is [used to be?] so familiar can be answered by learning about the origin & meaning [etymology] of that name and by learning about famous women who were given that name.

Nancy is a pet {affectionate nickname} for the name Anne. http://www.behindthename.com/name/nancy

Anne comes "from the Hebrew [female] name çÇðÌÈä (Channah) [Hannah] which meant 'favour' or 'grace'. Hannah was the mother of the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament. The Latin version of this name is Anna."
http://www.behindthename.com/name/hannah

Here's more information about the name "Anne"

"French form of Hannah. This [Anne] is the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary, though she is not mentioned in the Bible. The name was borne by a 17th-century English queen and also by the second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn (the mother of Queen Elizabeth I), who was eventually beheaded in the Tower of London. This is also the name of the heroine in 'Anne of Green Gables' by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery"."
http://www.behindthename.com/name/anne-1

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http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Nancy provides this additional information:

"The girl's name Nancy \n(a)-ncy, nan-cy\ is pronounced NAN-cee. Variant of Ann (Hebrew) "grace". Originally a nickname first used as a given name in the 18th century. First Lady Nancy Reagan; skater Nancy Kerrigan; writer Nancy Mitford."
-snip-

Two other famous "Nancys" that come to my mind are:

Nancy {comic strip character} "The character of Nancy, a precocious little girl (8 years old, according to an October 2005 strip), first appeared in the strip Fritzi Ritz, about the air-headed flapper title character. The Fritzi Ritz strip was begun in 1922 by Larry Whittington and was taken over by Bushmiller three years later. In 1933, Bushmiller introduced Fritzi's niece, Nancy, who soon came to dominate the strip, which was renamed Nancy in 1938 (although Fritzi Ritz also continued, as a Sunday feature, into the 1960s)".

and

Nancy Drew
"Nancy Drew is an amateur sleuth, the fictional heroine of a popular mystery series, primarily aimed at the children-young adult audience, and written under the collective pseudonym "Carolyn Keene". The series was created and outlined in detail in 1930 by Edward Stratemeyer, founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, with the first manuscripts written by Mildred A. Wirt Benson and edited by Stratemeyer's daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams...

Nancy lives with her father, attorney Carson Drew. In volume one of the original series, it is stated that Nancy's mother died when Nancy was ten years old (changed to three in later revisions); volume four expands upon the idea by indicating she has managed a servant and the household for her father since that time. This fact was changed in later revisions.

The Drews' housekeeper, Hannah Gruen, is in charge of cooking delicious meals, cleaning, and all sorts of errands. In the early stories, "Hannah," is depicted as the servant of employer Nancy, and follows directives down to uniform appearance, menus and groceries from her young supervisor. Hannah is excluded from discussion of mysteries, and does not take meals with the family. This character gradually changed, as the role of the middle-class and their servants did in reality. By the mid 1940s, she is more a member of the family, and less formal with Nancy, often attempting to restrict her independence. She lives with the Drews in the family's three-story brick house in the fictional town of River Heights. A physical description of Hannah has never been given."

-snip-

Isn't it interesting that the Nancy Drew series had a character named "Nancy" as well as a character called "Hannah"?

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You may click on all those links for more information.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 03:35 AM

All very interesting; but the answer is simply that Nancy was an extremely popular name in the later 18th century and throughout the 19th, so it's hardly surprising that Nancies feature a lot in songs written during that period. The enormously popular stage dancer Nancy Dawson, 1728-1767 (whose real given name was indeed Anne) had a lot to do with the rise of the diminutive form as a given name in its own right. Not some 'irritating upper-class affection', but a solidly working-class phenomenon; as indeed were most of those 'Nancy' songs. Gilbert used the name merely because it was by then an instantly-recognisable cliché of popular song.

'Sally' (diminutive form of Sarah, also later used as a given name in its own right) is another case in point. A quick look at Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads shows 184 references to song sheets with 'Nancy' in the title or first line, plus 25 'Nancys'; as against 117 for 'Sally' and 22 for 'Sallys'.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 04:19 AM

A song collected (I think by Vaughan Williams) entitled Nancy of London has one of the most beautiful tunes in the repertoire
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 10:55 AM

John On The Sunset Coast,
Are you thinking of Nancy With THe Laughing Face?
This song was sung TO Nancy Sinatra by her dad Frank, but was not written by Frank nor about her. The tune was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and, believe it or not, the words were written by Phil Silvers.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 11:45 AM

Jim, where can this song be found? Googling brings me only Nancy Sinatra. Sheila


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: NANCY WITH THE LAUGHING FACE
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 11:49 AM

I googled "Nancy With The Laughing Face" and this was the first item:

Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
Words & Music by Phil Silvers & Jimmy Van Heusen
Recorded by Frank Sinatra, 1944


Cdim    Em7                  A9
If I don't see her each day, I miss her;

D                            C#m Fm
Gee what a thrill each time I kiss her.

Em                   C#m7-5 F#7 Bm   Bm7       E7      Em7    A7      
Believe me, I've got a case on Nancy with the laughing face.


    Cdim      Em7                  A9
She takes the winter and makes it summer;

D                      C#m    Fm
Summer could take some lessons from her.

Em                  C#m7-5 F#7   Bm             Gm       D   F7
Picture a tomboy in lace — that's Nancy with the laughing face.


Bridge 1:

       C#m                      Bm+7
Do you ever hear mission bells ringing?

             Bm7                     E9    E7-5
Well, she'll give you the very same glow;

Gm         D                            Em7    A7
When she speaks you would think it was singing;

    Bm   Bm7 E7      Em7   A7
Just hear her say, "Hello."


Cdim      Em7                   A9
I swear to goodness, you can't resist her;

D                  C#m    Fm
Sorry for you, she has no sister.

Em                  C#m7-5 F#7 Bm             Gm       D    F7
No one could ever replace my Nancy with the laughing face.


Bridge 2:

       C#m                     Bm+7
What a wonderful treat to come home to,

         Bm7                      E9    E7-5
When the long day has drawn to a close;

Gm         D                      Em7      A7
There's the patter of feet to come home to,

    Bm   Bm7 E7      Em7   A7
And Nan - cy gave me those.


Cdim       Em7             A9
Keep Betty Grable, Lamour and Turner;
D                   C#m      Fm
She makes my heart a charcoal burner.
Em                C#m7-5 F#7 Bm             Gdim    D    G6 D6
No one could ever replace my Nancy with the laughing face.




The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 01:15 PM

Sheila,
Sorry - it was sung around as 'Nancy of London', but appeared on The Critics Group album 'As We Were A-Sailing' as 'Nancy of Yarmouth' sung by MacColl.
The song was collected by E.D. Hammond, not by Vaughan Williams, as I sugested, and two versions are given in Purslow's 'The Foggy Dew' under the title 'Pretty Nancy'.
I suspect MacColl's version was a collation of texts.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 30 Jun 08 - 01:37 PM

Don Firth and Deckman:

I belive you both know Nancy Quense. In 1962, she was in attendance when I was singing at The End, a long-defunct coffee house on South Tacoma Way. As I recall, she was scheduled to perform at a later date. When I did "The Carlton Weaver," I got a distinct slow burn from her. It turns out she detested the "Nancy Whiskey" part (at least then). I instantly deleted it from my active list, along with Scotch and Soda (much requested and much maligned). I hope she, and you two are well and active!


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Rog Peek
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 01:30 PM

'Lovely Nancy'   

Sung by Ian Campbell, acc. by Dave Swarbrick on the LP 'Farewell Nancy'.   Brilliant LP!


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: greg stephens
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 05:15 PM

One of the most peculiar, and most beautiful of English folksongs is The Streams of Lavely Nancy. There are a lot of versions knocking around, but there is a particularly fine one(improved by Bert Lloyd maybe?) in the Penguin Book of English Folksongs.


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: GUEST,Sheila
Date: 01 Jul 08 - 07:17 PM

Nancy is also mentioned in the Copper's "Cupid's Garden."


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Subject: RE: nancy nancy oh
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 02 Jul 08 - 02:41 AM

Greg,
Agree with you about 'Streams' and was always a little suspicious of the 'Penguin' one until we got a couple of verses of it from the Irish Traveller, Mary Delaney, who was from Cashel in Co. Tipperary - so it had obviously made the rounds.
Jim Carroll


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