- Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
title=Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair
comment=Foster's Melodies No. 26
caption=Cover, sheet music, 1854
Stephen C. Foster
performed_by="Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" is an
1854 songby 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
ASCAPstrike 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=http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,801239,00.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 animeseries called "".
*A version of the song was performed by
Stina Nordenstamon 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 Hayestells 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).
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