Sailor Cut Down in His Prime, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer sees one of his shipmates "wrapped up in flannel yet colder than clay." He dies, and details of the burial are given. His headstone warns sailors, "Never go courting with the girls of the city; Flash girls in the city were the ruin of me."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (Reeves-Sharp)
KEYWORDS: death disease whore burial funeral
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Lomax-FSNA 201, "The Sailor Cut Down in His Prime" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacSeegTrav 117, "The Sailor Cut Down in His Prime" (1 text, 1 tune)
Reeves-Sharp 86, "Sailor Cut Down in His Prime" (1 text)
Reeves-Circle 114, "Sailor Cut Down in His Prime" (2 texts; the "A" text is "The Sailor Cut Down in his Prime"; "B" is "The Bad Girl's Lament, (St. James' Hospital; The Young Girl Cut Down in her Prime)" [Laws Q26])
RoudBishop #90, "Young Sailor Cut Down" (1 text, 1 tune)
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Roud #2
RECORDINGS:
Johnny Doughty, "The Streets of Port Arthur" (on Voice12)
Harry Upton, "The Royal Albion" (on Voice02)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Streets of Laredo" [Laws B1] (tune & meter, plot) and references there
cf. "The Unfortunate Rake" (tune & meter, plot)
cf. "The Bad Girl's Lament (St. James' Hospital; The Young Girl Cut Down in her Prime)" [Laws Q26] (tune & meter, plot)
NOTES: One of the large group of ballads ("The Bard of Armagh," "Saint James Hospital," "The Streets of Laredo") ultimately derived from "The Unfortunate Rake." All use the same or similar tunes and meter, and all involve a person dying as a result of a wild life, but the nature of the tragedy varies according to local circumstances.
For the treatment of syphilis prior to the twentieth century, see the notes to "The Unfortunate Rake." - RBW
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