Michie Preval

DESCRIPTION: Creole French: "Michie Preval li donne youn bai..." Preval hosts a ball, charging three dollars for admission. The festivities reach the stable, where the horses are "astonished." The prison warden likes it so much that he is tempted to stage his own ball
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen/Ware/Garrison)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage party animal clothes
FOUND IN: US West Indies
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, p. 111, "Calinda" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 213-214, "Michie Preval" (1 text plus translation, 1 tune)
Courlander-NFM, pp. 166-167, (no title) (1 text plus literal translation, 1 tune)

NOTES: Lomax and Courlander accent the name of the title character differently (Lomax: Michié Préval; Courlander, Michié Preval), but the plot is the same in both versions of the song. The earliest version, Allen/Ware/Garrison's, agrees with Lomax. - RBW
File: CNFM166

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