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Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair


Composed by: Stephen Collins Foster
Arr: Merv Rowley

Many have called Stephen C. Foster the "Father of American Music". Certainly, in 19th century America, he was the most well-known and prolific of music writers.

Space does not permit his life story, easily found in links below, dealing with his biography. His music dealt with only two themes: Negro life as portrayed in his songs of the Minstrels, and ballads, usually about beautiful, sad ladies. In this connection, Jeanie of this month's song selection, was his fond nickname for Jane Mac Dowell, his dear wife.

Readers will notice the professionalism of Foster's poetic lyrics, rivaled only by his music.

Although only 40 or so of his compositions were published during his life (he died at 37), at least 200 unpublished songs were found after his death, some scribbled in pencil on grocery bags... his only source of paper. We know that Beautiful Dreamer, perhaps his finest effort, was published posthumously.

He died, nearly penniless, in a charity hospital in New York City in 1864.

We hope you all enjoy this beautifully sad story of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair.

Your 1-3-5 Team



Download files:


I Dream of Jeanie.pdf


I Dream of Jeanie.tef


I Dream of Jeanie.MID


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