Single Sailor (III)
DESCRIPTION: "I wadna gie a gless o' wine For my single sailor he's new come home; And he's bidden's spen' and nowise hain, And live most royally, Since my bonnie love's brought back his ship From the high streams of the sea"
EARLIEST DATE: 1909 (Greig)
KEYWORDS: love return reunion money ship sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Greig #103, p. 2, ("I wadna gie a glass o' wine") (1 fragment)
NOTES: The current description is all of the Greig fragment.
Greig says "The first two lines [through 'new come home'] seem to have some connection with 'The Single Sailor,' which we once gave." Greig may be referring to "The Sailor" in Greig #23, indexed here with "Pretty Fair Maid" [Laws N42]. The similar lines he has in mind there may be from "Oh yes, I see yon high high castle, And how it glitters in the sun; But I'd rather drink one cold cup of water With my poor sailor when he comes home." If there's a connection it would have to be in verses sung after the single sailor reveals himself. - BS
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