DESCRIPTION: In Bristol City the singer hears Polly singing about her sailor, "so true to his love": sailors are honourable and courageous in war. The sailor praises Polly. He will build her a castle. "You shall be my shepherdess, and I'll be your dear swain"
EARLIEST DATE: 1893 (Broadwood/Maitland)
KEYWORDS: love war separation sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #32, p. 2, "Bristol City" (1 fragment)
Broadwood/Maitland, pp. 162-163, "Bristol City" (1 text, 1 tune)
OShaughnessy-Yellowbelly1 26, "The Jolly Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: Broadwood/Maitland: "From 'A Favorite Ballad, sung by Mr. Huttley, at the Convivial Societys [sic] of Bath and Bristol.' Printed by Preston and Sons, London. No excuse need be offered for including this pretty tune, though the song is, strictly speaking, outside the scope of the collection, since it is not in any sense traditional." Nevertheless, the song is said to be from Somersetshire. - BS
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