Jolly Ploughboy, The (The Merry Plowboy, The Scarlet and the Blue)
DESCRIPTION: "I (am/was) a jolly ploughboy and I plowed the fields all day," but one day the singer has had enough and sets out to join the (British Army/IRA/other). He will not miss the farm. He will miss his girl but hopes to marry her. The army will conquer or die
AUTHOR: supposedly John J. Blockley (source: Dallas-CruelWars)
EARLIEST DATE: 1965 (recording by the Watersons)
KEYWORDS: farming soldier rambling love separation IRA
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North)) Ireland
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Gardham 32, pp. 40-41, "The Jolly Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Dallas-CruelWars, pp. 16-18, "The Merry Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Behan, #51, "The Merry Ploughboy" (1 text, 1 tune, heavily modified)
DT, JOLLPLO3 DUBLNGRN DBLGRN (the Behan version)
The Warwickshire R. H. A.
Off to Dublin in the Green (localized version claimed by Dominic Behan)
NOTES [47 words]: Steve Gardham cites A. L. Lloyd to the effect that this was written by John J. Blockley in the 1870s and popularized by Harrigan and Hart. Dallas-CruelWars also mentions the attribution to Blockley.
For background on Harrigan and Hart, see the notes to "Babies on Our Block." - RBW- RBW
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