Queen Byrne’s Fiddy-cents-worth

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          Byrne changed her name from Bernice (so not her) to Byrne back when she began dancing. But the spelling confounded casual acquaintances for the next sixty years. So I love this little rhyme she wrote up in her journal. Add your own scratching and feedback thumps as you sing along:

Most folks learn

To call me Byrne

–        It doesn’t take much tryin’

But to spell it Bryne

On list or sign

Makes me feel like cry’n’

Who knew? Byrne was a dancer and a rapper.

2 thoughts on “Queen Byrne’s Fiddy-cents-worth

    Mark Shaffer said:
    September 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Rapper or beat poet?


    Dennis Adams said:
    October 1, 2010 at 8:36 AM

    THIS, I think, would make the poem true rap:

    Folks loin to call me Boin
    Don’t take to much tryin’
    But spell it Bryan
    On a list or a si-uhn
    (It gonna)
    Make me feel like cryin’


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