Jolly Sailors

DESCRIPTION: "I am a jolly rover [or sailor boy(s)], Just lately come on shore. I spent my time in jubilee [or money on a moonlight night] as I have done before" "... march all round ... Until I come to a pretty, pretty girl, And I'll kiss her kneeling down"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1609 (Ravenscroft's _Deuteromelia_, according to _Sea Songs and Ballads_)
KEYWORDS: courting playparty sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(England(West)) Canada(Ont) US(MW)
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Opie-Game 39, "Jolly Sailors" (3 texts, 1 tune)
Newell, #58, "Three Jolly Sailors" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Sea Songs and Ballads by [Charles] Dibdin and Others (London, 1863 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 185, "The Mariner's Glee" ("We be three poor mariners") "From 'Deuteromelia; or, the Second Part of Musick's Melodie,' &c. 1609." (1 text)
Goldy M. Hamilton, "The Play-Party in Northeast Missouri" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XXVII, No. 105 (Oct 1950 (available online by JSTOR)), #15 p.295, "Jolly Rover" (1 text)
G.F. Northall, English Folk-Rhymes (London, 1892 ("Digitized by Google")), p. 369, ("Here comes four jolly sailor boys") ("Here's three jolly, jolly sailor boys") (2 texts)
Katherine H. Wintemberg and W.J. Wintemberg, "Folk-Lore from Grey County, Ontario" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XXXI, No. 119 (Jan 1918 (available online by JSTOR)), #336 p. 111, "Here Come Two Jolly Jovers" (1 text)
Leah Rachel Clara Yoffie, "Three Generations of Children's Singing Games in St. Louis" in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. LX, No. 235 (Jan 1947 (available online by JSTOR)), #13 p. 20 ("Here comes a crowd of jolly sailor boys") (1 text)

ST OpGa039 (Full)
Roud #12441
NOTES [32 words]: For additional information on Deuteromelia, with the text of "We be three poor mariners," see Thomas Oliphant, La Musa Madgrigalesca (London, 1837 ("Digitized by Google")), pp. 242-251. - BS
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