Steam Arm, The

DESCRIPTION: "A curious soldier I am told, About a soldier fierce and bold." The soldier loses his arm in battle and can no longer fight with his wife. He acquires a steam-powered replacement arm. He fights off his wife -- and knocks down the jail and the mayor
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1954 (collected from Nancy Stevenson by Boswell); 19C (Wolf)
KEYWORDS: technology humorous soldier injury disability wife husband prison
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond)) US(Ap)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Boswell/Wolfe 61, pp. 101-102, "The Steam Arm (A Curious Story)" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2248, p. 152, "The Steam Arm" (1 reference)

Roud #4817
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Johnson Ballads 146, "The Steam Arn" ("Oh, wonders sure, will never cease"), J. Pitts (London), 1819-1844; also Harding B 11(3655), J. Pitts (London); Harding B 11(3657), J. Whiting (Birmingham), 1833-1835; Firth b.25(284), W. and T. Fordyce (Newcastle), 1832-1842; Harding B 11(3656); Harding B 18(453); Harding B 11(4159); Harding B 11942); Johnson Ballads 2810; Johnson Ballads 1357
File: BoWo061

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