Sally Brown

(Roll and Go)

Oh! Sally Brown, she's a bright mulatter,
Ch:
Way-ay roll an' go!

She drinks rum an' chaws terbacker,
Ch:
Spend my money on Sally Brown!

Sally lives on the old plantation,
She is a daughter of the Wild Goose Nation.

Seven long years I courted Sally,
But all she did was dilly-dally.

Sally Brown, what is the matter?
Pretty gal, but can't git at her.

I call her my ol' Queen o' Faces,
Bought her coral beads and laces.

Sally Brown I took a notion,
To sail across the flamin' ocean.

I shipped away in a New Bedford whaler.
When I got back she was courtin' a tailor.

Now me troubles they are over,
Sally's married to a big, black soger.

From Roll and Go by Joanna Carver Colcord (1924)

O Sally Brown of New York City,
Ch: Ay ay, roll and go;
O Sally Brown of New York City,
Ch: I'll spend my money on Sally Brown.

O Sally Brown, you are very pretty,
Ch: Ay ay, roll and go;
O Sally Brown, you are very pretty,
Ch: I'll spend my money on Sally Brown.

Your cheeks are red, your hair is golden,
Ch: Ay ay, roll and go;
Your cheeks are red, your hair is golden,
Ch: I'll spend my money on Sally Brown.

From A Sailor's Garland by John Masefield (1906)