DESCRIPTION: Jamaican patois: Everyone says Judy drowned but she's [been rescued and is] safe in bed. Her mother asks about cocoas found under the bed; Judy intended them for her lover, who did not come.
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (Murray)
KEYWORDS: courting rescue river lover mother
FOUND IN: West Indies(Jamaica)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Murray, pp. 40-42, "Judy Drownded" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Noel Dexter and Godfrey Taylor, _Mango Time - Folk Songs of Jamaica_ (Kingston: Ian Randle Publishers, 2007), p. 56, "Judy Drowned" (1 text, 1 tune)
Jim Morse, Folk Songs of the Caribbean (New York: Bantam Books, 1958), pp. 88-89, "Judy Drownded" (1 text, 1 tune)
Edric Connor with the Caribbeans and Earl Inkman, "Judy Drownded" (on WIEConnor01)
NOTES: Murray: "This song originated in St Mary, when a young girl, Judy, who was washing clothes in the river, was carried downstream by the current. Onlookers (also washing clothes) rushed to her home, loudly calling out, Judy drownded!' [sic] Only to discover that she had been rescued and was safe in bed." - BS
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