“The Bouncing Girl in Fogo”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Peacock)
Keywords: courting love separation derivative soldier
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

"There's a bouncing girl in Fogo that I am going to see... She is the sweetest colour of roses a soldier ever knew... You may talk about your Scotland girls, from Boston or the Strand, But you'll get no girl to suit you like the girls from Newfoundland"

Supplemental text

Bouncing Girl in Fogo, The
  Partial text(s)

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From Kenneth Peacock, Songs of the Newfoundland Outports, Volume II,
p. 354. Sung by Mrs. Wallace Kinslow, Isle aux Morts, June 1959.

There's a bouncing girl in Fogo that I am going to see,
No fellow in this regiment knows her but only me.
She cried when I was leaving her, I thought she'd break her heart,
And if I were to find her no more would we part.

(1 additional stanza)

Notes

Peacock says "This is the only surviving fragment of a native love eulogy. Fogo is a strongly Irish community off the northeast coast of Newfoundland. The song probably dates from the World War I period."

Considering how close an adaptation the words are of "The Yellow Rose of Texas" [Roud in fact lumps them - RBW], it is strange that the tune has not also been used. The "Bouncing Girl" tune is in 6/8 time and is not at all related to "Yellow Rose." - BS

Cross references

References

  1. Peacock, p. 354, "The Bouncing Girl in Fogo" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST Pea354 (Partial)
  3. Roud #2800
  4. BI, Pea354