Sally Brown

DESCRIPTION: Shanty. Characteristic lines: "Way, hey, roll and go... Spend my money on Sally Brown." The singer describes Sally ("A Creole lady... She had a farm in Jamaica... She had a fine young daughter") and his (unsuccessful) courtship
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1917 (Robinson)
KEYWORDS: shanty sailor courting parting
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW) Australia Canada(Mar,Newf) West Indies(Nevis,St Vincent)
REFERENCES (22 citations):
Doerflinger, pp. 74-76, "Sally Brown" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Peters, pp. 102-103, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Walton/Grimm/Murdock, pp. 33-34, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune, though most of the lyrics seem to be from "Shenandoah")
Bone, pp. 97-98, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Colcord, p. 82, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Harlow, pp. 87, 122, "Way Sing Sally," "Sally Brown (Roll and Go)" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Hugill, pp. 162-166, "Sally Brown," "Tommy's on the Tops'l Yard" (4 texts plus several fragments, 3 tunes) [AbEd, pp. 129-134]; p. 254, "Hilo, Johnny Brown" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 184]
Sharp-EFC, XXVIII, p. 33, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 24-25, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 24, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
ThompsonNewYork, pp.193-194, "(Sally Brown)" (1 short text)
Meredith/Covell/Brown, p. 94, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 166, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doyle3, p. 53, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Blondahl, p. 31, "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie 108, "Sally Brown" (2 texts)
Niles/Moore, pp. 160-162 "Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Terry-Shanty1, #7, Sally Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
Abrahams-WIShanties, pp. 60-61, "Feeny Brown"; p. 117, "Roll and Go" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 92, "Sally Brown" (1 text)
Captain John Robinson, "Songs of the Chantey Man," a series published July-August 1917 in the periodical _The Bellman_ (Minneapolis, MN, 1906-1919). Two versions of "Sally Brown" are in Part 2, 7/21/1917.

Roud #2628
J. M. (Sailor Dad) Hunt, "Sally Brown" (AFS, 1941; on LC02)
Leighton Robinson w. Alex Barr, Arthur Brodeur & Leighton McKenzie, "Sally Brown" (AFS 4231 A2, 1939; in AMMEM/Cowell)

cf. "Roll and Go" (verses)
Roll and Go
Walkalong, You Sally Brown
Stand to Yer Ground
File: Doe074

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