Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Stephen Foster

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

About this work...

In the spring of 1853 Stephen Foster's wife, Jane, left him. Soon after that, he left Pittsburgh to try his fortune in New York. It is clear that this song reflects his sense of loss. His nickname for Jane was "Jennie," and an early version of the song has the lines, "I long for Jennie but her form lies low." The image... read more

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