Sea Lion Woman

Watch the video for Sea Lion Woman from Nina Simone's Live! without cost, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists.Brooke Fraser performs "Sea Lion Woman" live at SWR3 New Pop Festival 2011.No copyright infringement supposed. For leisure purposes most effective.Sea lion woman, sea lion She drink espresso, sea lion She drink tea, sea lion And chicken crows, sea lion. Sea lion woman Dressed in the blue Call on the guy and hope He is aware of what he can do. Sea lion woman Dressed in red Smile on the man When you wake up in his bed. Sea lion woman Sea lion woman Sea lion woman Sea lion woman. Sea lion woman SeaSea lion woman Dressed in red Smile on the man When you wake up in his mattress Sea lion woman Dressed in black Wink at the man Then stab him in his back Sea lion woman She drink espresso She drink tea And a chicken crows Sea lion woman Dressed in white Marry the man And you'll be able to spend a long sweet existence Sea lion woman Dressed in green Silver lining andWatch the video for Sea Lion Woman from Feist's 2005-12-16: Trabendo Session, Paris, France at no cost, and spot the paintings, lyrics and similar artists.

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Interesting model of Sea Lion Woman at first gathered from two sea island ladies all the way through the Nineteen Thirties. The versions use via the General's Daughter (film) is a mashup of the original LOC recording. This one is authentic and sung more like a waulking tune.Sea Lion Woman. Christine & Katherine Shipp. From the Album A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings January 1, 1997 3.1 out of five stars 4 rankings. Listen Now Buy track $0.99. Your Amazon Music account is lately related to a distinct marketplace. To revel in Prime Music, cross to Your Music Library and transfer your account to AmazonSea Lion Woman Lyrics: Sea lion, sea lion / Sea lion, sea lion / Sea lion, sea lion / Sea lion, sea lion, sea lion / Sea lion woman, sea lion / She drink espresso, sea" Sea Lion Woman " (also " Sea-Line Woman ", " See [the] Lyin' Woman ", " She Lyin' Woman ", " See-Line Woman ", or " C-Line Woman ") is a traditional American folk track initially used as a kids's playground music. The precise origins of the track are unknown but it is believed to have originated in the southern United States.About Press Copyright Contact us Creators Advertise Developers Terms Privacy Policy & Safety How YouTube works Test new features Press Copyright Contact us Creators

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The Original Meaning of The Song That Became "Sea Lion Woman"

Written by Azizi PowellPreface added Feb. 20, 2021: 

This pancocojams post provides video examples of the music that changed into "Sea Lion Woman", and includes information and comments about that track.

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The 1999 American film "The General's Daughter" would possibly had been the first time many of us heard the music "Sea Lion Woman" ("Sea Line Woman"). For others - including me -"Sea Lion Woman" is perpetually related to the soulful vocalist Nina Simone. Here's a video of Nina Simone singing that tune:

Nina Simone- See Line Woman

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Uploaded by way of mardenhill on Oct 5, 2009

Live Performance - Montréal, Canada (1992)-anip-Since the one version of "Sea Lion Woman" that I knew for a long time was once the person who Nina Simone sang, it got here as a suprise to me that some other folks consider that the foundation of that song was once a children's playground tune.

In a remark this is posted on the Folk track & Blues forum Mudcat Cafe, blogger Jim Dixon shared the next knowledge" "Sea-Lye Woman" (Sea Lion) was included on the album "Field Recordings Vol 4: Mississippi & Alabama (1934-1942) which was launched in 1998 on the Document label. There it's sung via Katherine & Christine Shipp, who sound very young. In truth, the music has the flavor of a girl's jump-rope rhyme, with a kind of African beat."...

By the way, I doubt that African American girls in Mississippi or Alabama in the 1930s or 40s would be singing about a "sea lion" woman anyway. They seem to be awfully far removed from the "selkie" legends. And they are definitely pronouncing it "see-lye" or maybe "seal-eye". "Sea Lion" seems like rationalization to me. Do you suppose the song had been handed down from some African language?" April 3,2003 http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=33719-snip-Instead of thinking that the "sea lion" word might have come from an African language, my guess [which I shared on that very same Mudcat thread] was once that "sea lion" used to be a folks etymology form of the Biblical phrase "Selah". But I dropped that idea after studying several comments from guests who recognized themselves as being from the South* and who shared that that "sea lion" ("see-line"; "see-lye") at first was once "she lyin'". The word "She lyin" (or "she's lying" as one guest wrote it) was once mentioned in accordance with a call & reaction tattle tail type statement reminiscent of one particular person saying "she drank coffee" and the second one person announcing "(No I didn't) She lyin'".

*I'm a Northern woman and not using a recognized Southern relatives. The most effective Southern city I've ever visited is Atlanta, Georgia. I suppose Atlanta still counts as the South regardless of the entire Northern people who've moved there).

It should also be famous that every other guest wrote that "sea lion" was initially "C-line", a referent for a railroad line. But I'm bought on the "She lyin" which means for various causes. 1. That word fits the likely pronunciation customs of a few Black other people in the South (and in different places)

2. The again & forth tattle tailing and denial statements have compatibility the call & reaction development that Nina Simone has preserved so smartly in her renditions of this track.

and

3. That idea suits the comment that used to be shared previous that the first recorded version of this song in 1939 [which I haven't heard but] appears like a lady's bounce rope song.

I will have to also point out that I took place upon any other youngsters's sport track model of "Sea Lion Woman" from Mississippi. That version used to be included in the 1965 e book Children's Games From Many Lands (Nina Miller: New York, Friendship Press, pp 121-122). That model was credited to quite a few women folk from Mississippi (no age or race given). The phrases to that version may also be discovered on Mudcat thread whose hyperlink has been previously given.

I imagine that you need to additionally share that two feedback on that same Mudcat thread on "Sea Lion Woman" have been posted by guests who indicated that she (or he or perhaps the same person) had been participants (or a member) of the Shipp circle of relatives. The first of these comment was once written in August 2007. That visitor (who didn't share her or his identify) wrote: "I feel the song has been stolen from the family, but having trouble proving it. My grandmother and aunt wrote that song."

The 2d comment from a Shipp family member was posted to that same Mudcat thread in November 2010. That remark was signed by LaVern Shipp who wrote: "My father Isaac Shipp, my grandmother Mary, and grandfather Walter Shipp was known in the South as the singing Shipp. My aunts are catherine, christine, they both are on the recording in 1939. My grandmother used to write songs and make up tunes to various songs. She passed away in 1966."

****UPDATE WITH LYRICS & COMMENTS 6/7/2012Although the unique version of "Sea Lion Woman" ("Sea Line Woman") can have been a youngsters's playground rhyme, the lyrics of that track as sung through Nina Simone had been clearly a couple of "bad" woman who sleeps all day and "balls" all night time. However, eventually, the woman returns house to her roots "to save her soul(because she realized that her lifestyle was wrong).

****LYRICS TO SEA LION WOMAN [As sung by Katherine and ChristineShipp; 1939]

Sea Lion Woman (Sea Lion)She drank coffee (Sea Lion)She drank tea (Sea Lion)And he gamble lie (Sea Lion)*Way down yonder (Sea Lion)I'm going maul (Sea Lion)And the rooster crow (Sea Lion)And he got no lie (Sea Lion)Sea lion woman (Sea Lion) She drank coffee (Sea Lion)She drank tea (Sea Lion)And she gamble lie (Sea Lion)*Sea lion woman (Sea Lion)She drank coffee (Sea Lion)She drank tea (Sea Lion)And a gamble lie (Sea Lion)*

Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Lion_Woman-snip-"The precise origins of the tune are unknown but it's believed to have originated in the southern United States. It was once first recorded through folklore researcher Herbert Halpert on May 13, 1939. Halpert used to be compiling a series of field recordings for the Library of Congress in Byhalia, MS, when he ran across African Americans Walter Shipp, a minister, and his spouse Mary, a choir director of a local church. Halpert recorded Shipp's daughters, Katherine and Christine, singing a sparse version of "Sea Lion Woman" that defined the fundamental rhymes and rhythm of the song."-snip- *In the Gullah dialect of English, the pronoun "he" also means "she". I've read that this is similar to some West African languages, and that practice of using "he" for females can also be found in some Caribbean dialects of English.

****UPDATE July 18, 2013Here's the original recording of "Sea Lion Woman":

Sea Lion Woman - Christine and Katherine Shipp

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mypianoisbroken, Uploaded on Jul 29, 2010

Library of Congress field recording Herbert Halpert.

****ADDITION: September 1, 2014http://www.loc.gov/folklife/LP/AFS_L4_sm.pdf The Library Of Congress. Music Division; Archive of American Folklore gives this song as:L: Sea lion womanO: See lieL: Shee drink cofeeO: See lieL: She drink teaO: See lieL: And the gander lieO: See lie

2. L. Way down yonder'Hind a logAnd the rooster crowedAnd the gander lied[The first verse is repeated twice.

(See lyin [?])-snip-The L probably means "lead" and the "O" probably means "different"[voice]

"The gander lies" seems to me to be more accurate than "gamble lies". A gander is a male goose.End of addition 9/1/2014-snip-Here's a track of "Sea Lion Woman" from the movie "The General's Daughter" that is based on the original recording of the Shipp sisters:

July 14, 2016- Sorry. This video is no longer available :o(

But here's a rendition of "Sea Line Woman" that was recommended by Anonymous (July 14, 2016)

Laura Mvula See Line Woman

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Strokey Beard, Published on Jan 2, 2014

One amazing performance- what a singer; what a band!

The original is by Nina Simone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfyGMn... , based a a traditional kid's chant.

-snip-LYRICS TO SEA LINE WOMAN [As sung by Nina Simone at a Montréal, Canada (1992)]

Sea line woman (Sea line)She drink coffee (Sea line)She drink tea (Sea line)then she go home (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman, dressed in white (Sea line)Sleep all day (Sea line)Ball all night (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)She drink coffee (Sea line)She drink tea (Sea line)then she go home (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Wiggle Wiggle (Sea line)Purr like a cat (Sea line)Wink at a man (Sea line)Then he'll wink back(Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Empty his pockets (Sea line)And wreck his days (Sea line)Make him love her (Sea line) She'll fly away (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)Dressed in gold (Sea line)Goin home (Sea line)To save her soul (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)Dressed in red (Sea line)Make a man (Sea line)Lose his head (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Wiggle Wiggle (Sea line)Purr like a cat (Sea line)Wink at a man (Sea line)Then he'll wink back (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Empty his pockets (Sea line)Wreck his day (Sea line)Make him love her (Sea line)And she'll fly away (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)Dressed in black (Sea line)Sleep all day (Sea line)On her back (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)Dressed in yella (Sea line)Watch out fellas (Sea line)You gonna lose out fellas [?]Sea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)Dressed in blue (Sea line)Watch out fellas (Sea line)She's gonna steal you (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

He can't hear you (Sea line) **I can't hear you (Sea line)**Sea line woman (Sea line)She drink coffee (Sea line)She drink tea (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)Dressed in yella (Sea line)Watch out girls (Sea line)You gonna steal your fellaSea line woman (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)Dressed in gold (Sea line)Goin home (Sea line)To see [save?] her soul (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)She drink coffee (Sea line)She drink a little champagne (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line)Then she go home now (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line)Then she go home now (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line)Whoah!Sea line!Sea line!Sea line!Sea line!Sea line!Sea line!Sea line!Sea line!

Sea line woman (Sea line)She drink coffee (Sea line)She drink tea (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line)Sea line woman (Sea line)Dressed in gold (Sea line)Goin home (Sea line)To save her soul (Sea line)

Sea line woman (Sea line)She drink coffee (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line)Then she go home now (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line)Then she go home now (Sea line)Then she go home (Sea line!)

[transcription by Azizi Powell from the video; words that I'm unsure of are followed by a question mark in brackets]

**lyrics directed to the audience to sing louder

It's should be noted that- as is the case with other folk songs- the lyrics to Nina Simone's "Sea Line Woman" weren't fixed. The words, the order of verses, and the length of the song could change with different performances. For that reason, there are several "Nina Simone" variations of "Sea Lion Woman" (or "Sea Line Woman") online. Most of them follow the "color trend" (Sea lion woman/dressed in ___) as found above, with the "she drink coffee/she drink tea" verse being repeated more often than any other verse.

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