Sweet Liscarrol Town

DESCRIPTION: Beware "roving boys of pleasure." Singer is far from Liscarrol Town and describes its "pretty girls... fine horses, fine carriages." "If I were in Liscarrol Town... I'd be happy as a king." "I curse the day I chanced to stray from... Liscarrol Town."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1956 (OCroinin-Cronin)
KEYWORDS: homesickness travel nonballad
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OCroinin-Cronin 143, "Sweet Liscarrol Town" (1 text)
Roud #16239
NOTES: OCroinin-Cronin begins "You roving boys of pleasure give ear unto my song / I'll sing for you a verse or two that won't detain you long / I'm pressed in grief and no relief in slavery I'm bound / I am far from those who wished me well in sweet Liscarrol Town." This is the counter to the songs revelling in such travels: "You rambling boys of pleasure / Give ear unto these lines I write / It's true I am a rover / And in roving I take great delight" [Bodleian, 2806 c.13(252), "The Rambling Boys of Pleasure"] - BS
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File: OCC143

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