Soldier and the Sailor, The

DESCRIPTION: The sailor "has a good mind to pray For the rights of all people and the wrongs of all men." He accuses the lawyers of "tak[ing] your hard earnings and giv[ing] you hard laws"; the ministers for condemning you to hell, and the farmers for high prices
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1902 (Petrie)
KEYWORDS: political curse
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,South),Scotland(Aber)) Canada(Mar) Ireland US(So)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Doerflinger, pp. 277-278, "The Soldier and the Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
HudsonTunes 5, "The Sailor and the Soldier" (1 text, 1 tune)
GreigDuncan3 685, "The Soldier and the Sailor" (3 texts, 2 tunes)
Reeves-Sharp 85, "The Sailor and the Soldier" (1 text)
Wiltshire-WSRO Mi 709, "Soldier's Prayer" (1 text)
Kennedy 239, "The Soldier and the Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manny/Wilson 94, "The Soldier's Prayer (The Soldier and the Sailor)" (1 short text, 1 tune)
DallasCruel, pp. 151-153, "The Soldier's Prayer" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST Doe277 (Partial)
Roud #350
Archie Lennox, "The Soldier and the Sailor" (on FSB8)
Brigid Tunney, "The Soldier and the Sailor" (on IRTunneyFamily01)

Bodleian, Firth c.14(226), "The Soldier and the Sailor"[title incomplete] ("As a sailor and a soldier was walking one day"), unknown, n.d.
cf. "'Pleasant and Delightful" (meter)
cf. "Ye Gentlemen of England (I)" [Laws K2] (theme)
NOTES [46 words]: This appears to exist in two forms -- one, exemplified by Doerflinger, condemning various wrongs; the other, found in Kennedy, just calling for a good time (praying for beer and the like). There are, however, enough similarities that I would consider them still one song. - RBW
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