DESCRIPTION: Frank Fidd was as gallant a tar As ever took reef in a sail ... One night off the Cape of Good Hope" a rope catches Frank by the heels and his head is bashed. His dying words are "Safe moored in Felicity Bay I'll ride by the Cape of Delight"
EARLIEST DATE: 1928 (Mackenzie)
KEYWORDS: death sailor injury
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Mackenzie 94, "Frank Fidd" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "Tom Bowling" (theme)
NOTES: Mackenzie: "The same phraseological method that is employed [in the song of Tom Bowling] is used in narrating 'The Life and Death of Frank Fidd.'" Mackenzie includes Frank Fidd among "that brave group of sailors" including Tom Bowling. You can see and hear "Tom Bowling" by Charles Dibdin (1745-1814) at the Lesley Nelson-Burns site Folk Music of England Scotland Ireland, Wales & America collection site. - BS
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