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Azizi Lyr Req: The Monkey Married the Baboon's Sister (28) RE: Lyr Req: The Monkey Married the Baboon's Sister 02 Jun 11

I should have written that I think that the some portions of the tune of "The Monkey Married The Baboon's Sister" (as sung on that YouTube video whose link I provided)is similar in "Paw Paw Patch". Those same portions also remind me of part of "Frog Went A Courtin".

It also occurs to me that The verses about "what do you think they had for dinner"? (what do you think they had for supper?) is also like "what will the wedding supper be" in "Frog Went A Courtin".

Given those similarities (in tune and lyrical structure) has there been any documentation of any connection [variant, parody or otherwise] between "The Monkey Married The Baboon's Daughter" and "Frog Went A Courtin" songs?

Also, what date was given for the West Indian rowing song entitled "Congo River 2" and mentioned by Barry Finn in this thread. Was it collected after the 1860 date that Jim Dixon mentioned as the date for the earliest version of "Monkey Married..."? Unfortunately, no date was given for that version from the Turks & Caicos Islands. I'm presuming that this song originated in the USA and was taken to the West Indies by Black sailors by others. Is that the same assumption that others here have?

And given that the date of the earliest documented version of "The Monkey Married..." is the 1860s, is it the prevailing assumption that this song was composed by blackfaced minstrels in imitation of African American social dance songs, many of which featured characters who were animals or birds?

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