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Lyr Add: Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (Foster)

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In Mudcat MIDIs:
I Dream Of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair [Stephen C. Foster] (tune from "Treasury of Stephen Foster")


masato sakurai 19 Nov 02 - 05:55 AM
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Subject: ZDTStudy: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: masato sakurai
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 05:55 AM

I DREAM OF JEANNIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR (Stephen Foster) is in the DT. The title of the first edition, however, is JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR, and some corrections and an addition of verse 2 are necessary if it means the original. The last 2 lines of each verse (not CHORUS) are not the same throughout.

JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR

I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair,
Borne, like a vapor, on the summer air;
I see her tripping where the bright streams play,
Happy as the daisies that dance on her way.
Many were the wild notes her merry voice would pour,
Many were the blithe birds that warbled them o'er:
Oh! I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair,
Floating, like a vapor, on the soft, summer air.

I long for Jeanie with the day dawn smile,
Radiant in gladness, warm with winning guile;
I hear her melodies, like joys gone by,
Sighing round my heart o'er the fond hopes that die:
Sighing like the night wind and sobbing like the rain,
Wailing for the lost one that comes not again:
Oh! I long for Jeanie, and my heart bows low,
Never more to find her where the bright waters flow.

I sigh for Jeanie, but her light form strayed
Far from the fond hearts round her native glade;
Her smiles have vanished and her sweet songs flown,
Flitting like the dreams that have cheered us and gone.
Now the nodding wild flowers* may wither on the shore
While her gentle fingers will cull them no more;
Oh! I sigh for Jeanie with the light brown hair,
Floating like a vapor, on the soft summer air.

*"flow'rs" (as in the DT) would be better.

The sheet music is in the Levy collection (also in American Memory; Click here):

Title: Foster's Melodies. No.26. Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair.
Composer, Lyricist, Arranger: Written and Composed by Stephen C. Foster.
Publication: New York: Firth, Pond & Co., No.1 Franklin Square, 1854.
Form of Composition: strophic with chorus
Instrumentation: piano and voice
First Line: I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair, Borne, like a vapor, on the summer air
First Line of Chorus: I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair, Floating, like a vapor, on the summer air
Engraver, Lithographer, Artist: Lith. of Sarony & Co. N.Y.
Plate Number: 2796
Subject: Portraits
Subject: Courtship & love
Subject: Death
Call No.: Box: 067 Item: 086

Note: "The name Jennie, not Jeanie, appears consistently in the draft text on leaves [41v], [42r], and [42v] of Foster's manuscript book; the composer's niece suggested that the publisher asked for the change, but avowed that the song was always known to Foster as 'Jennie with the Light Brown Hair' (see Chronicles, pp. 451-52)." -- S. Saunders and D.L. Root, eds., The Music of Stephen C. Foster: A Critical Edition, vol. 1 (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990, p. 489). The Chronicles is available online (Click here). The title was retained as "Jeanie ..." in Morrison Foster's Biography, Songs & Musical Compositions of Stephen C. Foster (Percy F. Smith Prinitng and Lithography Co., 1896, pp. 69-70).

~Masato
Here's the DT version, for comparison.
-Joe Offer-



I DREAM OF JEANNIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
(Stephen Foster)

I dream of Jeannie with the light brown hair
Borne like a vapor on the summer air
I see her tripping where the bright streams play
Happy as the daisies that dance on her way.
Many were the wild notes her merry voice would pour,
Many were the blithe birds that warbled them o'er

CHORUS:
I dream of Jeannie with the light brown hair
Floating like a vapor on the soft, summer air.)
I sigh for Jeannie, but her light form strayed
Far from the fond parts round her native glade;
Her smiles have vanished and her sweet songs flown
Flitting like the dreams that have cheered us and gone.

Now the nodding wild flow'rs may wither on the shore,
While her gentle fingers will cull them no more;
(CHORUS)

filename[ JEANBRWN
SW



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And the Traditional Ballad Index entry:

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

DESCRIPTION: "I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair, Borne, like a vapor, on a summer's air." The singer praises her voice, her "day-dawn smile," etc., but sadly concludes, that he is "never more to find her where the bright waters flow."
AUTHOR: Stephen C. Foster
EARLIEST DATE: 1854 (sheet music)
KEYWORDS: love separation nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Silber-FSWB, p. 249, "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" (1 text)
Fuld-WFM, pp. 311-312, "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair"
DT, JEANBRWN

ALTERNATE TITLES:
I Dream of Jeanie
Notes: Jeanie was Foster's wife, Jane McDowell Foster. Had she known the uses to which her image would be put (from hair advertisements in the 1860s to idiotic television shows a century later), I can only think she would have filed for preemptive divorce.
Legman regards "Jeanie" as an adaption (he calls it plagiarism) of "To Daunton Me," found in the Scots Musical Museum. But Legman often saw kinship that others do not see; Fuld says there is "no similarity between the two songs," and I have to agree that I see no points of contact between either the text or the tune.
Spaeth (A History of Popular Music in America, p. 116) says of this song, "Jeanie is the song that America discovered during those incredibly dull months when radio decided that it could get along without copyyrighted music. Before that it had been considered a choice bit of rather obscure Fosteriana." - RBW
File: FSWB249

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions

The Ballad Index Copyright 2002 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


This DTStudy thread will not be edited, because it did not start out as an edited thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Jeanie
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 07:07 AM

Ah, Masato, I couldn't let this go by without comment! You've made me smile and cry at the same time: my grandma used to sing this to me every time I visited her. Thanks for making my day !

You're right about the spelling - that's the way I've always spelt it, anyway. I'd never seen the sheet music for it before - and as for the portrait on your second link, well just add a fringe and that's me alright. No need to add my photo to the Members' Profiles now - I'm there already !!

Cheers,
- jeanie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Genie
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 11:25 AM

Thanks for the sheet music link, Masato.

(Then there's Bugs Bunny's version:
"I Dream Of Jeanie, She's A Light Brown Hare.")
;-D


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Mr Red
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:09 PM

Anoraks alert.
I posted information on this in another SCF thread - probably Hard Times.
Anyway the gist of it is that Jeannie was reckoned to be modelled on his wife Jane (??) who was the daughter of the local doctor. That doctor administered to Charles Dickens when SCF was 16 and arranged a meeting between SCF & CD. The commonality of the title Hard Times (book and song) are related by this meeting.
Anorak off.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:17 PM

Ever heard the Spike Jones version -- I Dream of Brownie With The Light Blue Jeans (she is as sweet as licorice jelly beans)?

BJ


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Willa
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:31 PM

Thank you Masato. i've sung this so many times, but didn't know of a third verse. It holds special memories for me, too, Jeanie. My mother, Jennie, sang it to us, and the description is a good description of her. Lovely to find the Jennie mention in Masato's post!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: greg stephens
Date: 19 Nov 02 - 03:37 PM

I remember a very good Bilko show version with Doberman singing the "Many were the wild notes" bit.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Coyote Breath
Date: 20 Nov 02 - 01:26 AM

Ah yes Bullfrog! "She makes me happy and she makes me feel merrier. Brownie is my favorite, wire haired terrier." When I was a lad we had a collection of Spike Jones' songs. Cocktails for Two was my favorite cause it had sirens and gunshots!

CB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Genie
Date: 20 Nov 02 - 11:44 AM

Jeanie, I, too have special fondness for this song. It's kinda my No. 2 "my song." I was named for the song "Jeanine, I Dream Of Lilac Time" (though my mom altered the spelling by one letter), but various people in my life--most notably my grandpa--have called me "Jeanie," so it's still kind of a nickname for me (hence my Mudcat 'handle').

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Bullfrog Jones
Date: 21 Nov 02 - 09:29 AM

CB --- I spent many happy hours as a kid exploring my dad's collection of 78's, discovering the likes of Spike Jones and Red Ingle and The Natural Seven (an offshoot from the SJ Orch)and playing them to my mates. Last year in the HMV sale I picked up a 4 CD box set with pretty much everything SJ ever did, and the liner notes allowed me to establish something I'd been wondering all this time ---that what sounds like an Elvis Presley spoof in Hawaiian War Chant actually predates him by several years.Click here for more Spike Jones info and downloads.


BJ


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 04:04 PM

There was a movie based on the song circa 1950. Victor Mature, maybe. Anyway, it was dreadfully dull except for the music. And most notable of all - three different times I thought the movie had ended only to have it move on to an additional soap opera plot twist.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 04:45 PM

I read a short biog of Foster in a collection of his songs, and it said that Jeannie was a little girl who lived across the street from Foster's parents' house in Ohio. I believe Stephen Foster, his wife and child lived in that house, too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: JEANIE WITH THE LIGHT BROWN HAIR
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 05:23 PM

Excellent and complex midi here, also midis of all Foster songs.
www.stephen-foster-songs.de/Archiv02.htm
Stephen C. Foster

Foster's mother was named Jeanie. The 1854 published title was "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair."
At the above website, the sheet music covers of 1854 are illustrated, with the complete text.
Go direct: Jeanie lyrics

This very attractive website is complete and accurate.

Many other 19th c. popular songs are there as well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: masato sakurai
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 07:15 PM

New link to Evelyn Foster Morneweck, Chronicles of Stephen Foster's Family, Vol. 2 (1937), p. 451 at Historic Pittsbutgh. And link to Stephen Foster's Sketchbook, [41v], [42r], and [42v] at The Center for American Music, where Foster wrote "I dream of Jennie with the light brown hair."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 08:58 PM

Mother's maiden name- Elizabeth Clayland Tomlinson
Father's name- William Barclay Foster
Wife- Jane Denny McDowell (later remarried- Wylie)
"by her family" ..."addressed by the affectionate diminutive 'Jennie'" says Morneweck in "Chronicles ...." (link by Masato).

I wonder if there an affectionate name for Foster's mother, Elizabeth?

leeneia, in what song collection did you find Jennie, the child?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: masato sakurai
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 09:29 PM

From Stephen Foster's Sketchbook:

Date: June 26, 1851
Transcript: Jennie .

I dream of Jennie with the light brown hair
Bourn like a vapour on the summe air
When songs of music from her lips would pour
The many birds the mery world warble them oer
[?I]
tripping
I see her roaming where the bright streams play
Happy as the daisies that dance on her way
When in gushing music her merry notes would pur
Many were the blith birds that warbled them
Oer
wild notes would
Many were the songs that her merry voice could pour
Many were the blithe birds that warbled them oer
warbles
she now
I long for Jennie but her form lies low
Never more to wander when the bright waters flow
I hear her melodies like joys gone by
Waking with the beams of her bright blue eye


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Jun 07 - 10:27 PM

Sinsull, there is a movie by that title listed at IMDB, but nothing about the cast. That one came out in 1940. There is a movie poster for it which sold on ebay with main characters played by Ray Middleton,Bill Shirley and Muriel Lawrence. I see Rex Allen's name, too! I don't know how long the link will work, but you may view it HERE.

Whoops, hold that...the ebay seller seems to have it wrong. Here's what I found for a 1952 movie starring the folks on the poster:

Republic, 1952, B/W, 102 minutes, ***

A musical biography and celebration of the works of Stephen Collins Foster. Foster was the first major American songwriter. Includes many of Foster's greatest songs, most of which are still very popular today. Much of his music is timeless, including "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," "Beautiful Dreamer," "Oh! Susanna," "My Old Kentucky Home," and many others. Very enjoyable film! The title is erroneously spelled "Jeannie" on the videotape sleeve, and consequently it is misspelled on many video stores' web sites (minor detail).

Producer: Herbert J. Yates
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Written by: Alan LeMay
Music Adapted and Directed by: Robert Armbruster
Song Score: Stephen Foster
Dance Direction: Nick Castle Company
Art Director: Frank Hotaling
Set Decorations: John McCarthy, Jr.; James Redd
Costumes Designed by: Adele Palmer
Makeup Supervision: Bob Mark
Hair Stylist: Peggy Gray
Sound: T. A. Carman, Howard Wilson, John A. Stransky, Jr.
Photographed by: Reggie Lanning
Special Effects: Howard and Theodore Lydecker
Film Editor: Fred Allen

Cast: Ray Middleton [Edwin P. Christy], Bill Shirley [Stephen Foster], Muriel Lawrence [Inez McDowell], Dick Simmons [Dunning Foster], Rex Allen [Mr. Tambo / Narrator], Lynn Bari [Mrs. Dowell], Louise Beavers [Mammy], Eileen Christy [Jeanie McDowell], Robert Neil [Milford Wilson], Percy Helton [Mr. Horker], James Kirkwood [Doctor], James Dobson [Spike], Fred Moultrie [Chitlins], Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer [Freddie], Andrew Tombes [R.E. Howard], Glen Turnbull [Specialty Dancer]

Musical Program: [0:01] Oh! Susanna (excerpt sung by Chorus and played on Calliope); [0:05] Oh! Boys, Carry Me 'Long (sung by Chorus); [0:10] Old Dog Tray (sung by Bill Shirley and Tray the Dog); [0:12] Oh! Susanna (sung by Bill Shirley and Eileen Christy); [0:13] De Camptown Races (sung by Bill Shirley and Eileen Christy); [0:14] Soirée Polka (introduced as "Jeanie's Own Polka") (played on flute by Bill Shirley onscreen, danced by Eileen Christy); [0:16] On Wings of Song (sung by Muriel Lawrence and Bill Shirley); [0:29] Lo! Here the Gentle Lark (sung by Muriel Lawrence, accompanied by Bill Shirley on flute onscreen and other musicians); [0:31] The Glendy Burk (sung by Ray Middleton); [0:35] Nelly Bly (sung by Ray Middleton); [0:37] Melinda May (sung by Ray Middleton); [0:38] My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night (sung by Ray Middleton); [0:40] Gentle Annie (excerpt sung by Ray Middleton); [0:42] Medley of Foster's songs played and sung during Christy's parade; [0:46] Ring de Banjo (sung by Christy's Minstrels); [0:49] Old Folks at Home (sung and danced by Christy's Minstrels); [0:52] Beautiful Dreamer (sung by Bill Shirley serenading Inez); [0:58] Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming (sung by Rex Allen and Christy's Minstrels); [1:02] Medley of Foster's songs danced by Glen Turnbull; [1:03] Some Folks (sung and danced by Christy's Minstrels); [1:08] Head Over Heels (sung and danced by Eileen Christy); [1:15] Ribbon in Your Hair (sung by Muriel Lawrence and Eileen Christy); [1:17] Old Black Joe (sung by fisherman as steamboat passes by); [1:19] The Jeannie Polka (?) (reprised by Bill Shirley on flute onscreen); [1:21] The Glendy Burk (reprised by Ray Middleton); [1:23] I See Her Still in My Dreams (sung by Eileen Christy and Bill Shirley); [1:27] Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (sung by Bill Shirley, Ray Middleton, Eileen Christy and Chorus)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: dermod in salisbury
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 04:29 AM

Seeing the words in full of Jeanie, there is striking similarity of language and idea to the much less well known Foster song (but equally compelling), Come With Thy Sweet Voice Again. Both express yearning for a love, lost and irretrievably locked in the past. I have only heard one recording of it, by the tenor Robert White, and even that is long since out of the catalogues.   I wonder why one is so well known, and the other so obscure.

Words, as I recall them, are:

Come with they sweet voice again
To my heart still dear
Laden with soft soothing pain
Like a tear, like a tear.
Bright visions long vanished
Round thy melodies beam
Lulled in the lap of a sigh
Let me dream, let me dream.

Come again. Come with thy sweet voice again.

Bring not the music that tells
How the light hours roll
Bring but the music that wells
From thy soul, from thy soul.
Come not with bright offerings
Cold, unhallowed, and new
Bring but thine own gentle heart
Ever true, ever true.

Come again. Come with they sweet voice again.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 12:21 PM

"leeneia, in what song collection did you find Jennie, the child?"

It was Jeannie, not Jennie. Sorry, I can't remember what book it was. I was browsing through it at the local Half-Price book store, then decided not to buy it.

It was probably this:

A Treasury of Stephen Foster arranged for piano, with historical notes by Stephen Foster, Deems Taylor, William Sharp, and Historical Notes John Tasker Howard (Sheet music - Jan 1, 1946)
35 Used & new from $0.30


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Subject: Lyr Add: COME WITH THY SWEET VOICE AGAIN (Foster)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 01:47 PM

Very close, dermod. Here are the lyrics from the sheet music.

Lyr. Add: COME WITH THY SWEET VOICE AGAIN
Stephen C. Foster 1854

1.
Come with thy sweet voice again,
To my heart still dear,
Laden with soft, soothing pain,
Like a tear, like a tear.
Bright visions, long vanished,
Round thy melodies beam:
Lulled in the lap of thy sighs,
Let me dream, let me dream.

Refrain:
Come again!
Comer with thy sweet voice again!
Come, oh! come again!
Come with thy sweet voice again!

2.
Bring not a language that tells
How the light hours roll:
Come with the music that wells
From thy soul, from thy soul.
Come not with bright off'rings,
Cold, unhallowed and new:
Bring but thine own gentle heart,
Ever true, ever true.

Refrain:

Sheet music published by Firth, Pond & Co., N. Y. 1854. Foster melodies No. 27.
http://www.stephen-foster-songs.de/Archiv02.htm
or direct to song:
http://www.stephen-foster-songs.de/Foster83.htm
Come With Thy Sweet

Many beautiful Foster melodies, so few heard now. All of them are at this website, with excellent midis.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: dermod in salisbury
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 11:36 AM

Many thanks Q. That is a great site. Fortunately my player is able to slow the midi down to about 70 bpm (from 102) which is more suited to the lovely melody.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 10:17 PM

I agree. The midis of several have gone to the Camptown Races.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: NRP3
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 10:16 AM

I was glancing through the threads for 'Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair' and hope it is not too late to revise the subject - I have only recently registered at Mudcat.

I have a CD of an American tenor, Douglas Jimerson, who very clearly sings "Jenny" although the track listings call it up as "Jeanie". I understand the Foster family always sang the lyric as 'Jenny with the Light Brown Hair'. The lady in question was, quite definitely, Foster's wife Jane, who left him several times due to his problems with alcohol. On the third occasion she left him for good. It was during one of her "walk-outs" that Stephen apparently wrote the famous verses.

My own favourite interpreter of Foster songs is the American baritone Thomas Hampson. On his album I regard the song 'Comrades, Fill no Glass for Me' as being very poignant, reflecting on Stephen Foster facing his serious drink problem with considerable dignity and integrity. Alas, Hampson doesn't include 'Old Dog Tray' on this CD.

NRP3.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 13 Oct 13 - 04:13 PM

Is it possible to correct the DT lyrics?
The first verse is correct, but two and three are lacking, and words following the first verse are not by Foster.
Also, the song is listed under "I dream of Jeannie....; the title is "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," and it should be under "J".


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