Sam Holt

DESCRIPTION: The singer reminds Sam Holt of the various events of his life: "Oh, don't you remember Black Alice, Sam Holt... [with] teeth like a Moreton Bay shark...." Stories about Sam's courtship amid ants, his cheating and cards, his mining fortune, and his travels
AUTHOR: see notes
EARLIEST DATE: 1857 (Melbourne Vocalist, fifth edition, according to AndersonStory)
KEYWORDS: rambling cards courting Australia
FOUND IN: Australia
REFERENCES (3 citations):
AndersonStory, pp. 46-47, "Sam Holt" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fahey-Eureka, pp. 98-99, "Sam Holt" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paterson/Fahey/Seal, pp. 138-141, "Sam Holt" (1 text)

Roud #9097
cf. "Ben Bolt" (tune & meter)
NOTES [81 words]: Patterson/Fahey/Seal credits this to "Ironbar" Gibson, but does not document the source of this claim. AndersonStory cites one T. D. English, and says it was rewritten by Charles Thatcher. Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, A Guide to Australian Folklore, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 38, says it was "Composed by G. H. Gibson and published in 1881" -- which, however, is a generation after AndersonStory's date. Perhaps Gibson recast it? Whoever wrote it clearly based it on "Ben Bolt." - RBW
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File: FaE098

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