Poor Old Robinson Crusoe
DESCRIPTION: "When I was a lad, my fortune was bad, My grandfather I did lose." As in the book, he, Robinson Crusoe, is shipwrecked, lands on an island with gun and sword. He builds a hut, lives there with Friday, until he is rescued by a passing ship.
EARLIEST DATE: 1797 (Oh poor Robinson Crusoe sheet music, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: rescue sea ship wreck
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (5 citations):
GreigDuncan1 25, "Robinson Crusoe" (1 text)
Opie-Oxford2 455, "Poor old Robinson Crusoe!" (2 texts)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #216, p. 146, "(Poor old Robinson Crusoe)"
Jack, p. 156, "Poor Old Robinson Crusoe" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2017, p. 135, "Robinson Crusoe" (3 references)
Bodleian, Harding B 28(66), "Robinson Crusoe," W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 28(66), "Robinson Crusoe"; Johnson Ballads 2559, "Life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe"
LOCSinging, sb40455b, "Robinson Crusoe," H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878; also as203020, as111820, "Robinson Crusoe"
NOTES [70 words]: Robinson Crusoe was written by Daniel Dafoe and published in 1719. [Based loosely on the actual adventures of a sailor named Alexander Selkirk. - RBW]
The source for the description is broadside Bodleian Harding B 28(66).
Broadside LOCSinging sb40455b: H. De Marsan dating per Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS
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