Jean and Her Sailor Lad

DESCRIPTION: Jean loves a sailor but he leaves for sea without marrying. When he returns she shuns him, saying she's being courted by a tailor, a ploughman, and a farmer. The sailor ridicules those professions and said he'd go to sea again. She calls him back.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1906 (GreigDuncan1)
KEYWORDS: love reunion separation sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan1 58, "Jean and Her Sailor Lad" (3 texts, 3 tunes)
Roud #5811
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Sailor Lad
There Was a Lass
NOTES: GreigDuncan1: "Learnt in Culsalmond fifty years ago. Noted December 1906."
The comparison with other professions is similar to other songs that compare professions. The sailor says "What can your silly tailor do But sit an shoo a cloot When I can go to my high top-mast An turn my ship aboot" and "What can your silly farmer do ...." so she decides "I'll tak the sailor lad An let the fairmer be." - BS
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File: GrD1058

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