Rocks of Scilly, The [Laws K8]
DESCRIPTION: The singer leaves his new wife to go to sea. Lonely, he fears a disaster -- and meets one when a storm runs his ship onto the Rocks of Scilly. Another singer tells how only four sailors survive, not including the first singer. His wife dies of sorrow
EARLIEST DATE: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(83))
KEYWORDS: sailor storm wife death
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar) Britain(England(West,South)) US(NE)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Laws K8, "The Rocks of Scilly"
VaughanWilliams/Palmer, #45, "The Rocks of Scilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Purslow-Constant, p. 87, "Scilly Rocks" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior, pp. 200-201, "Rocks of Scilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick 62, "The Rocks of Scilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie 50, "The Rocks of Scilly" (1 text)
Beck-Maine, pp. 175-176, "The Scilly Rocks" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 400, SCILLRCK
Bodleian, Harding B 28(83), "Rocks of Scilly," W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Firth c.12(118), Harding B 17(261a), Harding B 16(231a), Harding B 11(3303), "[The] Rocks of Scilly"
cf. "The Gentle Boy (Why Don't Father's Ship Come In)" (theme)
NOTES [46 words]: "The Isles of Scilly -- 40 miles off the extreme western tip of England -- are a beautiful, sometimes wild, place where more ships have been wrecked than anywhere else in the world." (Source: Tresco Times--The Last Piece of England quoted at the Tresco Isles of Scilly site) - BS
Last updated in version 4.2
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.