Jolly Shanty Boy, The

DESCRIPTION: Singer boasts of being a jolly (and jauntily dressed, if ragged) shanty boy, to whom women are always attracted. He sings, "For I don't care for rich or poor/I'm not for strife and grief/I'm ragged, fat and lousy, and/As tough as Spanish beef."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Beck)
KEYWORDS: bragging lumbering work logger poverty nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MW) Canada(Ont)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Beck 21, "The Jolly Shanty Boy" (1 text)
Fowke-Lumbering #54, "The Gatineau Girls" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST Be021 (Partial)
Roud #4351
RECORDINGS:
O.J. Abbott, "The Jolly Shanty Boy" (on ONEFowke01)
File: Be021

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