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Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)

Barry 19 Feb 97 - 09:03 PM
Barry Finn 12 Sep 07 - 10:46 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 12 Sep 07 - 12:43 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 12 Sep 07 - 12:49 PM
Charley Noble 12 Sep 07 - 07:57 PM
Barry Finn 12 Sep 07 - 11:26 PM
Gibb Sahib 19 Jul 13 - 05:22 PM
Lighter 19 Jul 13 - 06:19 PM
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Subject: Sea Shanty; Finney Brown
From: Barry
Date: 19 Feb 97 - 09:03 PM

Loofing for words to a sea shanty 'Finney Brown", from the Carribean, a fairly close version to 'Sally Brown' but it's 2nd chours is full leading me to belive it's a capstan shanty. What I have goes lifke this,'Finney Brown was a bright mulada, Hi Ho Finney, Finney Brown was a bright mulada, spent my money on Finney Brown, Give her a dollar and she'll ask for another, Hi Ho Finney, Give her a dollar and she'll ask for another, spent my money on Finney Brown. Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 10:46 AM

Answered in the
"Finn & Haddie CD thread"


Barry


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Subject: Lyr. Add: Feeny Brown (chantey)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 12:43 PM

Lyr. Add: FEENY BROWN

Feeny Brown is the belle of Bermuda.
Ay yo, Feeny.
Feeny Brown is the belle of Bermuda,
Spend my money on Feeny Brown. *

Oh, give her a dollar she hol' for anudder,
Ay yo, Feeny.
Give her a dollar she hol' for anudder,
Spend my money on the girls ashore.

Feeny Brown is the belle of Bermuda,
Ay yo, Feeny.
Feeny Brown is the wordliest(?) mulatta,
Spend my money on the girls ashore.

Give her a dollar she hol' for anodder,
Ay yo, Feeny.
Give her a dollar she hol' for anudder,
Spend my money on the girls ashore.

Etc., ad lib.
*Sung alternatels "spending money on the girls ashore."
With music score, pp. 60-61, Roger D. Abrahams, 1974, "Deep the Water, Shallow the Shore," Memoir Series, vol. 60, Univ. Texas Press, for the American Folklore Society.

Couldn't find the "Finn & Haddie" thread.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 12:49 PM

alternately.

Sung on Nevis. "...'Feeny' perhaps her original name, since she was from Bermuda according to most accounts." In notes, the author mentions other sources of "Sally Brown" or "Roll and Go."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 07:57 PM

Q-

That's because it's called "Full Fathom This," the name of Barry Finn's new CD which does include a version of "Finney Brown."

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)
From: Barry Finn
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 11:26 PM

Thanks Charlie, can't remeber the name of my CD's thread, me bad.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Feeny Brown (chantey)
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 19 Jul 13 - 05:22 PM

Here is the recording on which Abrahams' transcription (posted by Q, above) is based.

I think the transcription needs some revision, but to what, I'm not sure!


Feeny Brown in Nevis, 1962


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)
From: Lighter
Date: 19 Jul 13 - 06:19 PM

Here's what I hear:

[Feeny Brown] is the wealt'ies' mulatta.
Ah yo, Feeny.
You give her a dolla, she hol' for anudda
Spend my money on girls ashore.

Feeny Brown is de girl of Bermooda,
Ah yo, Feeny.
Feeny Brown is de girl of Bermooda,
Spend my money on Feeny Brown.

You give her a dolla, she hol' for anudda,
Ah yo, Feeny.
You give her a dolla, she hol' for anudda,
Spend my money on girls ashore.

Feeny Brown is the girl of Bermooda,
Ah yo, Feeny.
Feeny Brown is the wealt'ies' mulatta,
Spend my money on Feeny Brown.

You give her a dolla, she hol' for anudda,
Ah yo, Feeny.
Feeny Brown she....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 19 Jul 13 - 09:32 PM

Thanks, Lighter.

I just can't swallow the "belle of Bermuda"! Like you, I thought that "belle" must be "girl" at least. Though the whole Bermuda thing still seems doubtful!

I like your "wealthiest" idea.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Jul 13 - 02:12 PM

Wealthiest (however pronounced) makes sense.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Finney Brown (chantey)
From: Lighter
Date: 20 Jul 13 - 03:36 PM

Interesting how the second chorus alternates between Feeny Brown and the girls ashore.


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