MARIANNE

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  • MARIANNE
    “Marrianne”, composed by calypsonian Roaring Lion, was popular with steelbands and
    revelers during a spontaneous Carnival celebration on V-J Day in Trinidad in 1945, at the
    end of World War II. The song alluded to Mary Ann’s occupation: All day, all night, Miss
    Mary Ann Down by the seaside, she sifting sand.
    Latin bandleader Xavier Cugat recorded a version of “Mary Ann” in the late 1940s.
    During the 1956-57 American calypso craze, the Easy Riders, Burl Ives and other
    interpreters of folk music further popularized the calypso, generally under the title of
    “Marianne.” The song continued to be a favorite with steelbands and calypso entertainers
    at Caribbean tourist hotels for many years. The most popular version was recorded by
    Terry Gilkyson and The Easy Riders (#4 on the Billboard Top 100); another version was
    recorded by The Hilltoppers in 1957 (#3 on the Billboard Top 100).
    Marianne, Oh, Marianne, Oh won’t you marry me?
    We can have a bamboo hut and brandy in the tea,
    Leave your fat old Nanna home,
    She never will say yes.
    If mamma don’t know now,
    She can guess, my, my, yes.
    All night, all day, Marianne,
    Down by the seaside sifting sand.
    Even little children love Marianne,
    Down by the seaside sifting sand.
    When she walks along the shore,
    People pause to greet,
    While birds fly around her,
    Little fish come to her feet.
    In her heart is love, but I’m the only mortal man,
    Who’s allowed to kiss my Marianne,
    Don’t rush me.
    All night, all day, Marianne,
    Down by the seaside sifting sand.
    Even little children love Marianne,
    Down by the seaside sifting sand.
    When we marry, we will have
    A time you never saw,
    I will be so happy,
    I will kiss my mother-in-law.
    Children by the dozen, in and out the bamboo hut,
    One for every palm tree, and cok-y-nut, Hurry up now.
    All night, all day, Marianne,
    Down by the seaside sifting sand.
    Even little children love Marianne,
    Down by the seaside sifting sand.