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ADD: Sally Ann / Ballad of Sally Anne

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Sally Ann (From Pete Seeger's American Favorite Ballads)
Sally Anne (from The Folk Songs of North America (Alan Lomax))


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann / Ballad of Sally Anne
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Mar 14 - 05:51 PM

"Sally attends every wedding 'round here"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann / Ballad of Sally Anne
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 02:26 PM

For several generations in my family, we've bounced babies on our knees and sung: Dinah had a bacon rind laid away, to grease up her wooden leg so they say.

Have always searched for the origin.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann / Ballad of Sally Anne
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Dec 16 - 06:01 AM

This is the version I'm looking for, could you please let me know where I could find the album


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sally Ann / Ballad of Sally Anne
From: GUEST,Judd Peterson
Date: 31 Mar 24 - 01:53 AM

From the many varied scraps of historical references I have come across about “Sally Ann”, I believe it is considered truly an old traditional folk song from many, many years ago, probably initially about a tragic love between a woman pacing the widow’s roost on shore in port and her missing lover, awaited, but likely never coming back from the sea because of a sinking of his ship. Over the years, the lyrics appear to have been updated to apply to more current, tragic love circumstances. For example, after the Civil War, the tune referred to a woman longing for her lover fighting and perhaps lost in that war. The more recent version of the lyrics refer to the tragic lynching of Johnny after his wedding to Sally Ann and does reference Billy Holliday’s 1931 lyric about “strange fruit” (the unfortunately all too common, innocent, Black man lynched from a tree). Those more current lyrics were written by Alice Randall in 1991 and the song was then recorded by Mark O’Connor and the New Nashville Cats.


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