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“Brown girl in the ring
there’s a brown girl in the ring
brown girl in the ring
she looks like a sugar in a plum
plum plum

Show me your motion
come on show me your motion
show me your motion
she looks like a sugar in a plum
plum plum

All had water run dry
got no way to wash my clothes
all had water run dry
got no way to wash my clothes

I remember one Saturday night
we had fried fish and Johnny-cakes
I remember one Saturday night
we had fried fish and Johnny-cakes

Beng-a-deng
Beng-a-deng

Brown girl in the ring
there’s a brown girl in the ring
brown girl in the ring
she looks like a sugar in a plum
plum plum

Show me your motion
come on show me your motion
show me your motion
she looks like a sugar in a plum
plum plum

All had water run dry
got no way to wash my clothes
all had water run dry
got no way to wash my clothes

I remember one Saturday night
we had fried fish and Johnny-cakes
I remember one Saturday night
we had fried fish and Johnny-cakes

Beng-a-deng
Beng-a-deng

Brown girl in the ring
see, brown girl in the ring
brown girl in the ring
she looks like a sugar in a plum
plum plum

All had water run dry
got no way to wash my clothes
all had water run dry
got no way to wash my clothes

Brown girl in the ring
look that brown girl in the ring
brown girl in the ring
she looks like a sugar in a plum
plum plum”.

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Boney M., Brown girl in the ring – 4:02
(Traditional; arranged by Frank Farian)
Album: Nightflight to Venus (1978)
Singolo: “Rivers of Babylon / Brown girl in the ring” (1978)

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Citazioni.

Brown Girl in the Ring is a traditional children’s song in the West Indies. It was originally featured in the game of the same name, thought to have originated in Jamaica. The song became internationally known when it was recorded by the group Boney M. in 1978. Originally it was the B-side of their hit “Rivers of Babylon“, but became a hit in its own right. The song had previously been recorded by the group Malcolm’s Locks, leading to a dispute over royalties. The song had also been recorded in 1972 by the musician Exuma.
Boys and girls play ring games in many parts of the world, especially during their pre-teen years. In There’s a Brown Girl in the Ring, an anthology of Eastern Caribbean song games by Alan Lomax, J.D. Elder and Bess Lomax Hawes, it is suggested that ring games are a children’s precursor to adult courtship. Players form a ring by holding hands, then one girl or boy goes into the middle of the ring and starts skipping or walking around to the song. The girl or boy is then asked, “Show me your motion“. At this point the child in the center does his or her favorite dance. If asked “Show me your partner,” he or she picks a friend to join him or her in the circle. It has been played for many centuries in all of Jamaica.
Arguably the most popular version of the song, Boney M.‘s version was originally a single B-side to the group’s #1 hit single “Rivers of Babylon” (1978). When “Rivers of Babylon” had slipped to #20 in the UK charts, radio stations suddenly flipped the single, seeing “Brown Girl in the Ring” going all the way to #2 and becoming a hit in its own right. Liz Mitchell had previously recorded the song in 1975 with the group Malcolm’s Locks, as the B-side of their single “Caribbean Rock“. Mitchell’s ex-boyfriend Malcolm Magaron was the group’s lead singer. Arranger Peter Herbolzheimer accused Frank Farian of stealing his arrangement for the song, for which Farian claimed credit on the single. The court case ran for more than 20 years in Germany. The early single pressing features the full-length 4:18 version with a chorus bit being edited out. The single mix is also slightly different from the album version which features steel drums on the outro riff of the song, the single mix doesn’t. The single mix has yet to appear on CD (as at May 2014). Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring single is the sixth best-selling single of all time in the UK with sales of 2 million. […] The song is featured in the film Touching the Void when mountaineer Joe Simpson worries he is succumbing to madness or death. He recalls: “I remember thinking, bloody hell, I’m going to die to Boney M.“.

(Wikipedia, voce Brown Girl in the Ring (song))

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