Top Side Woman (Belle Garden Gal)
DESCRIPTION: The singer tells a Top Side gal to give him his hat; he is going back to the Low Side to mind his mama. Chorus: he should say he is not courting or married yet but is going back to mind his mama. The verse is repeated for bag, stick, clothes....
EARLIEST DATE: 1954 (Elder-Tobago)
KEYWORDS: courting clothes nonballad mother Caribbean
FOUND IN: West Indies(Tobago)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Elder-Tobago 28, "Top Side Woman (Belle Garden Gal)" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Elder-Tobago: "In a small island like Tobago it is interesting to note how regional differences affect the family and kinship. The eastern half of the island is 'Top Side', the western half is 'Low Side'.... there are subtle differences between people residing in each 'side'.... no villager is allowed to forget which part of the island he was born in." - BS
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