Jamaican Folk Song – Allison Venn

Plaistow
May 2020

About this record

From our home to yours…

An interactive music teaching video featuring a traditional Jamaican song brought by the teacher’s parents who were part of the Windrush Generation.  Taught to you by a Allison Venn, a professional music teacher who shares her story of growing up in Newham and the importance of song to her family’s traditions.

Newham Music is proud of the diverse community and we take every chance we get to celebrate our home. This June, for Newham Heritage Month, we are producing a series of interactive videos featuring traditional songs from some the different cultures that make our borough a unique and diverse home for many.

Take 7 minutes to watch our video and learn from a professional music teacher how to sing  a traditional song and how this song was important to her family as she grew up in Newham.

You’ll enjoy learning the actions to this song…

Dis Long Time Gal

Dis long time gal me never see you!
Cum make me hold your hand!
Dis long time gal me never see you!
Cum make me hold your hand!

Peel head John Crow
Sit up on treetop
Pick off de blossom!
Make me hold your hand gal!
Make me hold your hand.

Dis long time gal me never see you!
Cum make me wheel an’ turn.
Dis long time gal me never see you!
Cum make me wheel an’ turn.

Peel head John Crow
Sit up on treetop
Pick off de blossom!
Make me hold our hand gal!
Make me hold your hand.


Phonetic Lyrics

Dis long time gal me never see yu!
Cum mek me hol’ yur han!
Dis long time gal me never see yu!
Cum mek me hol’ yur han!

Peel head John Crow
Sit up ‘pon treetop
Pick off de blossom!
Mek me hol’ yur han gal!
Mek me hol’yur han.

Dis long time gal me never see yu!
Cum mek me wheel an turn.
Dis long time gal me never see yu!
Cum mek me wheel an turn.

Peel head John Crow
Sit up ‘pon treetop
Pick off de blossom!
Mek me hol’ yur han gal!
Mek me hol’yur han.


Have you sung this song?

What traditional songs do our families and communities sing that bind us together through joyful or solemn times? What songs are you singing now?
Would you like to share your family’s memories through song?
We would love to hear from you!
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