Around the figure of the ‘brown skin gal’ — the Caribbean woman of mixed race — float many associations, some flattering, some detrimental. Several of them are implicit in the innocent words of a popular song of the 1950s:
Brown skin gal, stay home and mind baby …
I’m going away in a sailing boat
And if I don’t come back
Stay home and mind baby.
Noakes, Beverley Ormerod, The ‘Brown Skin Gal’ in fact and fiction, Kunapipi, 26(1), 2004.