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164 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
THE BROWN GIEL (Child, No. 295)
This is an English song known usually by one of the following titles: "Sally and Billy," "Sally and Her True-love Billy," "The Sailor from Dover," and "The Bold Sailor." As Barry has pointed out, it is related to "The Brown Girl" of Child (No. 295). Davis includes it among the Child ballads of Virginia, and Hudson classifies it with the Child ballads in his collection of folksongs from Mississippi.
For other American texts and references, see Belden's Missouri collection; Campbell and Sharp, No. 36; Cox, p. 366; Journal, XXIX, 178 (contains an Indiana text); XXVII, 73; XXXII, 502; XLV, 54; Scarborough, Song Catcher, p. 98 (fragment); Hudson, Folksongs, p. 128; Smith and Rufty, American Anthology, p. 67; Cambiaire, East Tennessee and Western Virginia Mountain Ballads, p. 119.
"Sally." From a MS collection in the possession of Mrs. T. M. Bryant, of Evansville, Indiana. Written in 1892 by Miss Lina Cox, of Scaksville, Warrick County, Indiana. August 4, 1936.
1. "0 Sally, 0 Sally, 0 Sally!" said he,
"I'm afraid that your fond love and mine won't agree.
Unless that your hatred should turn to be love."
2. "I have no hatred of you nor of no other man,
But to have you, dear sir, is more than I can." Six weeks had rolled on, had passed and gone by, When she sent for this young man she once did deny.
3. "Am I the doctor that you sent for me here,
Or am I the young man you do love so dear?" "You are the young man I do love so dear, And without your assistance I'm ruined, Fm sure."
4. "0 Sally, 0 Sally, 0 Sally!" said he,
And don't you remember when you slighted of me? You laughed at my courtship; you denied me with scorn, And now I'll reward you for what's past and gone."