Brown Girl in the Ring
Boney M. Lyrics


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Brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la
There's a brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la la
Brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la
She looks like a sugar in a plum
Plum plum

Show me your motion
Tra la la la la
Come on show me your motion
Tra la la la la la
Show me your motion
Tra la la la la
She looks like a sugar in a plum
Plum plum

All had water run dry
Got nowhere to wash my cloths
All had water run dry
Got nowhere to wash my cloths

I remember one Saturday night
We had fried fish and Johnny-cakes
I remember one Saturday night
We had fried fish and Johnny-cakes

Beng-a-deng
Beng-a-deng

Brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la
There's a brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la la
Brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la
She looks like a sugar in a plum
Plum plum

Show me your motion
Tra la la la la
Come on show me your motion
Tra la la la la la
Show me your motion
Tra la la la la
She looks like a sugar in a plum
Plum plum

All had water run dry
Got nowhere to wash my cloths
All had water run dry
Got nowhere to wash my cloths

I remember one Saturday night
We had fried fish and Johnny-cakes
I remember one Saturday night
We had fried fish and Johnny-cakes

Beng-a-deng
Beng-a-deng

Brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la
See, brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la la
Brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la
She looks like a sugar in a plum
Plum plum

All had water run dry
Got nowhere to wash my cloths
All had water run dry
Got nowhere to wash my cloths

Brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la
Look that brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la la
Brown girl in the ring
Tra la la la la




She looks like a sugar in a plum
Plum plum

Overall Meaning

"Brown Girl in the Ring" is a popular Caribbean folk song about a brown-skinned girl dancing in a ring. The song is simple, catchy, and upbeat, with a melody that is easy to sing along to. The lyrics repeat the phrase "Brown girl in the ring" throughout the song, followed by the refrain "tra la la la la" and the line "she looks like a sugar in a plum." The song celebrates the joy of dancing and the beauty of brown-skinned women.


The line "all had water run dry, got nowhere to wash my clothes" suggests that the song may have originated in a time of poverty or hardship. The reference to fried fish and Johnny-cakes also suggests a Caribbean origin. Overall, the lyrics seem to be a celebration of life and community, even in difficult circumstances.


Line by Line Meaning

Brown girl in the ring
There is a girl with brown skin dancing in the circle


Tra la la la la
Syllables used for the chorus of the song


She looks like a sugar in a plum
She is a beautiful girl with a sweet smile


Show me your motion
Dance and move your body to the music


All had water run dry
There is no more water left to wash clothes


Got nowhere to wash my cloths
There is no place to wash clothes because there is no water


I remember one Saturday night
A memory of a specific Saturday evening


We had fried fish and Johnny-cakes
They ate fried fish and a type of Caribbean flatbread made with cornmeal


Beng-a-deng
Syllables used as a fun interjection in the song


See, brown girl in the ring
Look, there is a brown-skinned girl dancing in the circle


Look that brown girl in the ring
Pay attention to the brown-skinned girl dancing in the circle




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DP, FRANZ REUTHER

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@user-cb6yc4nf4b

No matter what Bonnie M's story is, it's a legendary group.

@jlbueno0611

They were masters at music entertainment .
People judge and criticize because they expect singers and musicians first...when as a group, they were music entertainers... a complete show . No just a blessed voice or a blessed guitar , but a complete ensemble of artist that could fill stadiums and put millions to dance . 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 in my book, they were on par with ay major band.

@nelsonchinasamy9857

BONEY M and ABBA, those were the days of real Music.

@GeorgeKuenzli

Brown Girl in the Ring" is a traditional children's song on the islands of the West Indies. Originally part of the children's game of the same name, thought to have originated in Jamaica (Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett are both Jamaicans), its lyrics instruct the game's performance: a girl enters the ring, formed by children holding hands, and performs a dance.
The recurring reference "Sugar in a Plum" is a Term of Endearment, e.g. Darlings, sweetheart.

@vijaypatel-uu2nn

🎉

@anyat686

Oh my baby sister sung this like it was the only song she knew. 🙄🤭🫣😵‍💫😵‍💫

@SheikhTanveerX

Who grew up with Boney M songs ?

@karlbeiler2569

I did

@sinnombre5466

I did in a kids sing along version.. had no idea till just now 🤣🤣

@irenitafaleiro6261

Meus filhos cresceram e eu sou muito orgulhosa por isso, e eu curto, hje em dia, também com o meu Neto que admira muito a Banda, Boney M❤

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