“Simple Little Nancy Brown”


Various girls go out, get in trouble, and find unexpected solutions. Example: "They went walking by the beach, Went in swimming, got out of reach; She lost her socks and evr'thing, So what d'ye suppose she came home in... She came home in the twilight."

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Simple Little Nancy Brown
  Partial text(s)

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From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs
of the Catskills, #149, pp. 563-564. From the singing of Frank Joy
and Harry Siemsen.

Simple little Nancy Brown
From 'way Down East came into town,
She went to see a circus show
And met a nice young man you know,
  La tidelee idelee um,
  Tidelee, idelee, idelee um
  La tidelee idelee um,
  The fireworks were lovely.

(3 additional stanzas)


According to Cazden et al, this is an updated version, with new tune, chorus, and plot twists, of a piece published in 1905 as "Fol de Rol Dol." - RBW


  1. FSCatskills 149, "Simple Little Nancy Brown" (1 text plus assorted excerpts, 1 tune)
  2. ST FSC149 (Partial)
  3. Roud #4613
  4. BI, FSC149


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1905
Found in: US(MA)