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Myths and Legends
Princess Caraboo
© Copyright Bristol Museums & Art Gallery - (detail) Edward Bird 1772-1819 Princess Caraboo, oil on panel 1817
Bristol’s Princess Caraboo

Thursday 3 April 1817 was a strange day indeed in the village of Almondsbury, near Bristol; the events that unfolded, quickly brought the village notoriety. An extraordinary woman, wearing a black turban, a plain black dress with a high muslin collar and speaking an incomprehensible language simply appeared in the midst of the village. Apparently exhausted and starving, her entire possessions were wrapped up in a small cloth bundle. More...

Words: Brian Haughton

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Your comments

1 Lea Stern from New York, USA - 6 February 2004
"I'm amazed to find the words to the song sent by Marcia Goldstein! My father sang it to me when I was very young (I'm over 70 now) and I believe he recalled it from HIS youth. The version I heard began, "In my castle on the sunny River Nile, I'm gonna live in elegant style..." and referred to "Princess Caramzoo." I always thought the song was from vaudeville, musical comedy or something of the sort. Thanks for helping me remember."

2 Marcia Goldstein from Maryland - 12 December 2003
"This story reminded me of a song we sang in college (Goucher, 1956) that I never understood but may be relevant. It went like this: "

""I'll build a castle on the River Nile, And there I'll live in elegant style, Inlaid diamonds on the floor, A bamboo butler at the door, And when I marry Princess Caraboo [Baraboo?], My blood will turn from red to blue, Entertaining royalty, All the while, In my castle, castle, castle on the River Nile." "

"That's it! "

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