Cheer Up, Sam
DESCRIPTION: Minstrel song. Former slave tells of his love for Sarah Bell. He offered all he had, but she left him for a white man with money. Cho: "Cheer up Sam, now don't let your spirits go down, for there's many a belle that we know is lookin for you in town."
EARLIEST DATE: 1850s (American broadsides)
KEYWORDS: minstrel slavery love rejection foc's'le
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Hugill-ShantiesFromTheSevenSeas, p. 562, "Cheer Up, Sam" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wolf-AmericanSongSheets, #295, p. 21, "Cheer Up am, or Sarah Bell" (2 references)
NOTES [38 words]: Popular "shore song" adapted for use at the capstan. - SL
Popular it may have been, but I long searched without success for any sign of it before I found the mention in Wolf. I suspect a better description is "widely touted." - RBW
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