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Happy Love 155
55 JOHNNY GERMAN
For references and a text said to be almost identical with that of a Boston broadside of about 1820 see Cox, pp. 328-329. See also Mackenzie, pp 173-174, and Sharp, II, 256-257.
Version A was sung in 1935 by Mrs. Martha Pennock, Alger, who learned the song when a child in Genesee County, Michigan. Mrs. Pennock was born in Brownsville, New York, and came to Michigan in 1865.
scribe him right and I should tell you true, You must con-sent to
mar - ry me if he comes not to you."
1 When I was last in London I heard the happy news, I will describe them unto you if you will not refuse. 'Twas of a jovial sailor and merry a life he led,
2 "Perhaps I knew this young man when I at last did see, I will describe him unto you if you will answer me.
And if I should describe him right and I should tell you true, You must consent to marry me if he comes not to you.
3 "He's a very tall and straight man; no courage does he lack. He's handsome in his person; to no one turns his back.
He belongs unto the Rainbow, a mate to Captain Lowe. His name is Johnny German; is this the man you know?"