Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Infobox Standard
title=Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair
comment=Foster's Melodies No. 26

caption=Cover, sheet music, 1854
writer=Stephen C. Foster
published= 1854
"Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" is an 1854 song by the American songwriter Stephen Foster. It was written for his wife, Jane McDowall, who would end up leaving him as his life declined in later years.

The song was a notorious beneficiary of the ASCAP strike of 1941. During this period, most modern music could not be played by the major radio broadcasters due to a dispute over licensing fees. The broadcasters turned to public-domain songs during this period, and according to Time Magazine, "So often had BMI's Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair been played that she was widely reported to have turned grey." [cite web|title=No Letup|date=January 27, 1941 |publisher=Time Magazine|url=,9171,801239,00.html]


:"I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair,":"Borne like a vapor on the sweet summer air;":"I see her tripping where the bright streams play,":"Happy as the daisies that dance on her way.":"Many were the wild notes her merry voice would pour,":"Many were the blithe birds that warbled them o'er:":"I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair,":"Floating, like a vapor, on the soft summer air."

:"I long for Jeanie with the daydawn smile,":"Radiant in gladness, warm with winning guile;":"I hear her melodies, like joys gone by,":"Sighing round my heart o'er the fond hopes that die:":"Sighing like the night wind and sobbing like the rain,":"Wailing for the lost one that comes not again:":"I long for Jeanie, and my heart bows low,":"Never more to find her where the bright waters flow."

:"I sigh for Jeanie, but her light form strayed,":"Far from the fond hearts round her native glade;":"Her smiles have vanished and her sweet songs flown,":"Flitting like the dreams that have cheered us and gone.":"Now the nodding wild flowers may wither on the shore":"While her gentle fingers will cull them no more:":"Oh! I sigh for Jeanie with the light brown hair,":"Floating, like a vapor, on the soft summer air." [Foster, "Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair".]


*As it turned out, the first line of "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" inspired the name of the 1960s genie-related sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie"; incidentally, the title character had blond hair. Additionally, the song was also adapted into an anime series called "".

*A version of the song was performed by Stina Nordenstam on her 1998 album People Are Strange.

*The song would also be referenced by singer/songwriter Tom Waits in his song, Sins of the Father, and the current NBC show "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", when Harriet Hayes tells costar Jeannie to "Eat 'em up, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair."

*The first line of the song is also repeated countless times in a memorable scene from John Cassavetes' film, "Faces".

*It is also heard in the comedy 'Musical Comedy Murders of 1940'.



*Foster, Stephen C. "Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair" (Sheet Music). New York: Firth, Pond & Co. (1854).

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужно сделать НИР?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (песня) — «Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair» (рус. Русоволосая Дженни)  американская салонная песня, написанная композитором Стивеном Фостером в 1854 году. Эта песня о его жене, Дженни Макдауэлл. Песня приобрела большую популярность благодаря… …   Википедия

  • Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair (anime) — Infobox animanga/Header name = Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair caption = ja name = 風の中の少女 金髪のジェニー ja name trans = Kaze no Naka no Shōjo Kinpatsu no Jenī genre = DramaInfobox animanga/Anime title = director = Makoto Yasamura studio = Nippon… …   Wikipedia

  • Ice Cream of Margie (With the Light Blue Hair) — Episodio de Los Simpson Episodio n.º Temporada 18 Episodio 7 Código de producción HABF22 Guionista(s) Carolyn Omine Director Matthew Nastuk Fecha de emisi …   Wikipedia Español

  • Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair) — Infobox Simpsons episode episode name = Ice Cream of Margie (With the Light Blue Hair) image caption = Marge lets her anger out after Homer finally crushes her dreams. episode no = 385 prod code = HABF22 airdate = November 26, 2006 show runner =… …   Wikipedia

  • The Alvin Show — Title card from The Alvin Show. Format Animated series Created by Ross Bagdasarian …   Wikipedia

  • Kinpatsu no Jeanie — Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair 風の中の少女 金髪のジェニー (Kinpatsu no Jeanie) Жанр историческая драма Аниме сериал …   Википедия

  • My Son, the Wizard — infobox Book | name = The Secular Wizard title orig = translator = image caption = My Son, The Wizard cover author = Christopher Stasheff illustrator = cover artist = Daniel Horne country = United States language = English series = A Wizard in… …   Wikipedia

  • Music history of the United States to the Civil War — History of the United States Military Postal Diplomatic Expansionist Religious Industrial Feminist Music …   Wikipedia

  • The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures — Also known as The Mouse Adventures (UK) Genre Animation Written by Patrick Granleese Caroline R. Maria Bruce Robb Voices of Julie Burroughs Terrence Scammell …   Wikipedia

  • Stephen Foster — For other people named Stephen Foster, see Stephen Foster (disambiguation). Stephen Collins Foster Stephen Collins Foster Born July 4, 1826(1826 07 04) Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, United States …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”