Jacket So Blue, The (The Bonnet o' Blue)

DESCRIPTION: The girl sees a (soldier/sailor) marching past and falls in love. She meets him and offers to buy his discharge; he replies that he already has a girl at home. She asks for a portrait to console her; this at least is granted
AUTHOR: unknown
KEYWORDS: love courting soldier clothes separation
FOUND IN: US(MA,NE,So) Ireland Britain(England,Scotland(Aber)) Canada(Mar,Newf)
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Ford-Vagabond, pp. 212-214, "The Bonnet o' Blue" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig #105, pp. 1-2, "The Bonnet o' Blue" (1 text)
GreigDuncan5 992, "The Bonnet o' Blue" (10 texts, 7 tunes)
Ord, pp. 295-296, "The Bonnet o' Blue" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kidson-Tunes, pp. 118-119, "The Bonny Scotch Lad" (1 text, 1 tune)
FSCatskills 43, "The Jacket So Blue" (1 text, 1 tune)
Beck-Maine, pp. 217-218, "Jacket So Blue" (1 text)
Gray, pp. 112-115, "The Jacket So Blue" (1 text, from a broadside, probably the same as one of the Bodleian broadsides although the information is not enough to be sure)
Belden, p. 301, "The Wagoners" (1 text, fragmentary and localized to make the soldier a wagoner)
Moore-Southwest 121, "Jacket So Blue, or A Company of Boatmen" (1 text, 1 tune)
Logan, pp. 101-106, "Bonnet o' Blue" (1 text)
SHenry H644, p. 367, "The Bonnet sae Blue" (1 text, 1 tune)
Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 275-277, "The Bonnet of Blue" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick 42, "His Jacket Was Blue" (1 text, 1 tune); 43, "His Jacket Was Blue" (1 text, 1 tune)
Guigne, pp. 209-211, "The Jacket So Blue (Bonnet So Blue)" (1 text, 1 tune)

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Roud #819
Nathan Hatt, "His Jacket Was Blue" (on NovaScotia1)
Raymond Noseworthy, "Jacket of Blue" (on MUNFLA/Leach)

Bodleian, Harding B 11(393), "Bonnet So Blue" ("In Liverpool town in fair Lancashire"), W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 25(251), Harding B 28(160), Harding B 11(4088), Harding B 28(104), Firth c.14(187) , Firth c.14(188), Firth c.14(190), Harding B 11(2653), "Bonnet So Blue"; 2806 c.17(52), Harding B 11(392), "Bonnet So Blue" ("At Kingston upon Woolwich, a town near Yorkshire")
LOCSinging, as101360, "Bonnet So Blue" ("In Liverpool town, in fair Lancashire"), L. Deming (Boston), 19C; also as101360, "Jacket So Blue" ("A ship's crew of sailors as you shall now hear")

cf. "The Manchester Angel" (theme)
My Bonnie Scotch Laddie
Down in Yon Green Valley
The Bonnie Scotch Laddie and His Bonnet o' Blue
NOTES [46 words]: Broadside LOCSinging as101360 includes both a "troop of soldiers ... from Scotland" version ("Bonnet So Blue") and a "crew of sailors ... from Greenwich" version ("Jacket So Blue"). These correspond to Creighton-SNewBrunswick 42 and Creighton-SNewBrunswick 43, respectively. - BS
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