Goo Bye Me Lover
DESCRIPTION: "Goo'bye me lover, goo'bye me dear oh." "Charles a-go down ah he new courtin-gal oh." "Bo Riley oh Boom-a-lay."
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (Elder-Tobago)
KEYWORDS: grief courting infidelity love magic nonballad lover
FOUND IN: West Indies(Tobago)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Elder-Tobago 31, "Goo Bye Me Lover" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Elder-Tobago: "... the grief is over a human lover who deserts his woman for a new 'courting gal'.... [T]he reference in the chorus to Bo Riley, the great obeahman [shaman] .... One drummer spoke about the custom of women to employ the services of the powerful obeahmen to 'bring back' errant lovers to their home and children." - BS
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