Sheep Stealer, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer goes out in "the night when the moon do shine bright, There's a number of work to be done ... on another man's ground." He steals sheep and takes them home to be butchered by his children while he stands guard against the constable.
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (ENMacCollSeeger02)
KEYWORDS: sheep children thief theft
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Palmer-Painful, #12, "The sheepstealer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Purslow-Constant, p. 89, "The Sheep-stealer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, "The Sheep Stealer" (on ENMacCollSeeger02)
NOTES: From ENMacCollSeeger02 album cover notes: "H.E.D. Hammond recorded two Dorset sets of this curious song in 1905 and 1906." - BS
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