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Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
10-Jan-18 - 08:07 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
Subject: RE: Origins: Brown Skin Girl- folksong from Grenada
Emmie: Check out this Mudcat "John B" thread. State of the art. Spared no expense.

The book's author was Richard Le Gallienne (1866-1947) however it was a reprint of his Coral Islands and Mangrove Trees piece for Harper's (New York.)

The song is Hoist the John B. Sails, a two step for piano, composed by Bostonian bandleader-violinist Ed W. Prouty in 1903 and dedicated to the citizens of Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.

The "Wreck Of" backstory was created in 1927 by the Shaw-McCutcheon families as part of the John B. - Canopus - Watchtower trilogy and made popular by Carl Sandburg's reprint in American Songbag. See here: