Jolly Ploughboy, The (The Merry Plowboy, The Scarlet and the Blue)

DESCRIPTION: "I (am/was) a jolly ploughboy and I plowed the fields all day," but one day the singer has had enough and sets out to join the (British Army/IRA/other). He will not miss the farm. He will miss his girl but hopes to marry her. The army will conquer or die
AUTHOR: supposedly John J. Blockley (source: DallasCruel)
EARLIEST DATE: 1965 (recording by the Watersons)
KEYWORDS: farming soldier rambling love separation IRA
FOUND IN: Britain(England) Ireland
REFERENCES (3 citations):
DallasCruel, pp. 16-18, "The Merry Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Behan, #51, "The Merry Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune, heavily modified)
DT, JOLLPLO3 DUBLNGRN DBLGRN (the Behan version)

Roud #163
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Warwickshire R. H. A.
Off to Dublin in the Green (localized version claimed by Dominic Behan)
File: Beha051

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