Brown Girl, Lyric Variant 05

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Brown Girl, Lyric Variant 05


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The lower left corner was folded into the laminate. There are two minor tears at the right bottom edge. There is minor staining of unknown origin throughout the document. The informant citation follows the song text.


Ballads, English -- North Carolina Ballads, Irish -- North Carolina Ballads, Scots -- North Carolina Courtship -- Songs and music Unrequited love -- Songs and music Death -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Rich Lady. Fair Sally. Pretty Sally


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Date Created



I. G. Greer


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Fine Salley

There was a rich Irish Lady worth thousands of gold.
Fin salley fine Salley indeed was her name.
But her riches was more than the Queen did possess.

There was a rich Merchant worth thousands of gold.
He corded this damsel so neat and so fine.
But her riches was so lofty and her fashion so fine.
And on this young man she scarcely cast her eye.

O Salley O Salley O Salley said he.
Im sorry to think we canot agree.
But if all your hatred would turn to love.
My love and your love would prove true I am sure.

Yes I am scornful For I hate you.
To say that I love you is more than I can.
So you may retire in your discorse.
For I will never marry you unless I am forced.

O Salley O Salley O Salley said he.
Don't youn rember when you slighted me?
I came here to court you but you slighted me with scorn.
And now I reward you with things passed and gone.

Oft things passed and gone love forget and forgive.
And grant me a blessing I longer to live.
I never will salley during my life.
Ill dance on your grave when your laid in the earth.

Six weeks have come and six weeks have passed.
This damsel was taken down sick at the last.
All raped up in love and she knew not why.
She sent for this young man that she used to denie.

Im am the Docter you sent me here.
I am the young man that you love so dear.
Yes you are the young man that can kill me or cure.
Without your effections i am gone i am sure.

Fare well my dear parents and all my best friends.
Adue to my Swwetheart God make him a man.
Ill will freely frrgive him although he wont me.
Tenn thousand times ore thee I see.

She pulled off ehr god ring and diamonds to.
Says take them and wear them while dancing over me.
Your culler will fly and never be seen.
whille dancing over Salley over Salley the Queen.

Mrs Alice Cook.

Classification Title

Brown Girl, Lyric Variant 05

Document Title

Fine Salley

Geographic Location

Rutherwood, Watauga County, North Carolina

Alternate Geographic Location

Caldwell County, North Carolina

Scholarly Classification

Child, 295 Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 90 Randolph, 40 Laws, P 9 Cox, 114 Sharp, 44

Dimensions - Original

213 mm x 273 mm

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Susan G. Pepper

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