Joanna Colcord, in Roll and Go, marks this song as "another distinctive negro shanty, though its connection with the cotton trade can only be guessed." The verses, which she attributes to Capt. Robinson, are "unusually sentimental for a shanty".
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Oh I'm a-gwine to leave you Ch: Shallo, Oh, Shallow Brown! I'm gwine away to leave you Ch: Shallo, oh, Shallo Brown!
Come get my clothes in order; I'm off across the border.
My girl's a bright mulatto; She hails from Cincinnati.
The packet sails tomorrow I'm leaving you tomorrow.