“Lucy Long (III)”


Shanty. Characteristic line: ""Why don't you try for to ring Miss Lucy Long?" Verses involve meeting Miss Lucy, making various attempts at seduction, and being rejected. A frequent first line is "Was you ever on the Brumalow/Brumielaw?"


There are several versions of this in the Bodleian Broadside collection, though they lack the shanty's chorus lines. [These should perhaps be filed under Lucy Long (II).- RBW] Hugill says that Miss Lucy Long is a girl that often appears in Negro songs. - SL


  1. Hugill, p. 396, "Miss Lucy Long" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, p. 301]
  2. Sharp-EFC, XXII, p. 25, "Lucy Long" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #8285
  4. BI, Hugi396


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1796-1853 (Broadsides); 1926 (Terry)
Found in: West Indies Britain