Old Sailor's Song
DESCRIPTION: No tune given, basically a poem recounting the various travails of sailors. Nine stanzas; begins "Come listen unto me a while and I will tell you then, the hardships and the misery of life on a merchantman..."
EARLIEST DATE: 1938
KEYWORDS: sailor work hardtimes
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Colcord, pp. 138-140, "Old Sailor's Song" (1 text)
ST Colc138 (Partial)
NOTES: Colcord says this was secured from Fannie Hardy Eckstorm, co-author of Minstrelsy of Maine (though it is not in that collection), which would date it to around 1927. - SL
Curiously, the song does not appear in Jean Patten Whitten's description of the Eckstorm folk song collection (Fannie Hardy Eckstorn: A Descriptive Bibliography), at least not under this title or filed under Colcord's first line.
The lyrics fit "Bold Jack Donahoe"/"Jim Jones at Botany Bay," and there are enough similarities that I think that may have been the tune intended. - RBW
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