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mfa7066 I Dream Of Jeanie:

"I Dream of Jeanie" or "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" is a parlor song by Stephen Foster (1826–1864). It was published by Firth, Pond & Co. of New York in 1854.

Foster wrote the song with his estranged wife Jane McDowell (whose nickname was "Jennie") in mind. The lyrics allude to a permanent separation. The opening texts of each stanza support the speculation that the song was written with Jane in mind: "I dream of Jeanie" (verse one); "I long for Jeanie" (verse two); and "I sigh for Jeanie" (verse three).

The song remains one of Foster's most beloved parlor ballads.

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