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"Brown Girl in the Ring" is a song from Big Red Car. It comes from a Caribbean game in Jamaica.

Origins

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.

Production

Greg provides the lead vocals, Jeff plays the organ and sings backing, Murray plays the bass guitar, Terry Murray plays the electric guitar, and Tony plays the drums.

Song Credits

Musicians

Listen

09 Brown Girl in the Ring

Lyrics

Brown Girl in the Ring

Tra-la-la-la-la

Brown Girl in the Ring

Tra-la-la-la-la-la

Brown Girl in the Ring

Tra-la-la-la-la

She looks like a sugar and a plum plum plum!

Dance to the music

Tra-la-la-la-la

Dance to the music

Tra-la-la-la-la-la

Dance to the music

Tra-la-la-la-la

And she looks like a sugar and a plum plum plum!

Skip to the music

Tra-la-la-la-la

Skip to the music

Tra-la-la-la-la-la

Skip to the music

Tra-la-la-la-la

And she looks like a sugar and a plum plum plum!

Sing with the music

La-la-la-la-la

Sing with the music

La-la-la-la-la-la

Sing with the music

La-la-la-la-la

And she looks like a sugar and a plum plum plum!

Brown Girl in the Ring

Tra-la-la-la-la

Brown Girl in the Ring

Tra-la-la-la-la-la

Brown Girl in the Ring

Tra-la-la-la-la

She looks like a sugar and a plum plum plum!

Video Performances

Album Appearances

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