Bonny Laboring Boy, The [Laws M14]

DESCRIPTION: A rich girl loves a working boy. Her parents try to prevent the marriage by locking up the girl and exiling the boy. Both manage to escape; they flee to (Belfast) and prepare to take ship for America
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1860 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(2525))
KEYWORDS: love prison exile escape emigration
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW) Canada(Mar,Newf,Ont) Britain(England(Lond,South)) Ireland
REFERENCES (15 citations):
Laws M14, "The Bonny Labouring Boy"
Cazden/Haufrecht/Studer-FolkSongsOfTheCatskills 52, "The Bonny Laboring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan 66, "The Bonny Laboring Boy" (1 text)
Fowke/Mills/Blume-CanadasStoryInSong, pp. 200-202, "The Railroad Boy" (1 text, 1 tune -- a Canadian adaption which has lost most of the plot, including the girl's imprisonment and the escape to America, but which retains so many of the lyrics that it can still be considered the same song)
Fowke/MacMillan-PenguinBookOfCanadianFolkSongs 69, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H576, pp. 435-436, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 564-565, "My Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Karpeles-FolkSongsFromNewfoundland 69, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
O'Conor-OldTimeSongsAndBalladOfIreland, pp. 84-85, "My Bonny Laboring Boy" (1 text)
OLochlainn-IrishStreetBallads 9, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Kennedy-FolksongsOfBritainAndIreland 147, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, #95, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brocklebank/Kindersley-DorsetBookOfFolkSongs, p. 4, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs #2, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #1162
Paddy Beades, "The Bonnie Labouring Boy" (on Voice05)
Harry Cox, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (on HCox01) (on FSBFTX15)
Pattie Maher, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Martin Sullivan, "The Railroad Boy" (on Ontario1)

Bodleian, Harding B 11(2525), "My Bonny Labouring Boy," A. Ryle and Co. (London), 1845-1859; also Johnson Ballads 311, Firth b.27(109/110) View 1 of 2, Firth c.18(178), 2806 c.8(287), 2806 b.9(252), Harding B 19(17), Harding B 19(18), Harding B 19(43), "[The] Bonny Labouring Boy"; Harding B 11(838), "Bonny Laboring Boy"; Firth c.18(179), Johnson Ballads 1110, Harding B 25(256) (largely illegible), "My Bonny Labouring Boy"
cf. "The Plains of Baltimore" (theme)
cf. "My Jolly Shantyboy" (tune, theme)
File: LM14

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