DESCRIPTION: French: "Oh General Florido! C'est vrai ye pas capab' pren moin!" "Oh, General Florido, It is true, you can't capture me." "There is a ship on the ocean, It is true, you can't capture me."
EARLIEST DATE: 1963
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage prisoner escape
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Courlander-NFM, pp. 169-170, (no title) (1 text plus translation, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Harold Courlander, _A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore_, Crown Publishers, 1976, p. 559, "(no title)" (1 short text plus translation, 1 tune)
NOTES [40 words]: Curiously, for a song of (what Courlander reports to be) an escaping Spanish prisoner/slave, the song is in French.
I have not been able to locate a historical "General Florido"; I suspect it may simply be derived from the name "Florida." - RBW
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