Betsey Brown

DESCRIPTION: "There's a pretty little girl, she lives downtown, Her daddy is a butcher and his name is Brown." Having met pretty Betsey Brown in the street, the singer courts her, meets her parents, and plans to wed her (and enjoy her family's money....)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (recording, Walter Morris)
KEYWORDS: love courting beauty family money
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Randolph 384, "Betsey Brown" (1 text, 1 tune)
High-OldOldFolkSongs, p. 45, "With Betsey Brown" (1 text)
Henry-SongsSungInTheSouthernAppalachians, pp. 180-181, "Betty Brown" (1 text)

Roud #7618
Walter Morris, "Betsey Brown" (Columbia 15079-D, 1926)
NOTES [34 words]: Vernon Dalhart recorded a piece, "Pretty Little Dear," which conflates this with "I Had But Fifty Cents" and other material. But the Randolph text, at least, seems independent of the Dalhart version. - RBW
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File: R384

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