Shanty Boy on the Big Eau Claire, The [Laws C11]
DESCRIPTION: A girl loves a shanty boy. Her (father/mother) sends her away to keep them apart. She dies of disease and grief; her lover kills himself. They haunt her (father), whose business goes bankrupt. The moral: Don't fall in love with a shanty boy (?!)
AUTHOR: William T. Allen (Shan T. Boy)
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (Rickaby)
KEYWORDS: separation suicide ghost love father mother family humorous
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Laws C11, "The Shanty Boy on the Big Eau Claire"
Rickaby 11, "The Shanty-boy on the Big Eau Claire" (2 texts plus a fragment, 2 tunes)
RickabyDykstraLeary 11, "The Shanty-boy on the Big Eau Claire" (2 texts plus a fragment, 2 tunes)
Peters, pp. 132-133, "The Shanty-Boy on the Big Eau Claire" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 819, EAUCLAIR
Art Thieme, "The Shanty Boy on the Big Eau Claire" (on Thieme02) (on Thieme05)
NOTES [78 words]: Like many of Allen's songs, this has a "serious" plot but is couched in humorous language, with lines such as:
Every girl has her troubles; each man likewise has his.
But few can match the agony of the following story, viz.
It relates about the affection of a damsel young and fair
Who dearly loved a shanty boy on the Big Eau Claire.
Allen reported writing this around 1875, but by the time Rickaby met him some forty years later, he had forgotten the tune he used. - RBW
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