Little Cabin Boy, The

DESCRIPTION: A fair lady falls in love with Billy, a cabin boy. She tries to convince his captain to release him, but the captain will not. She bids him farewell, goes into a garden, and dies for love. Billy's ship is lost in a storm with all hands
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1828 (Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume2)
KEYWORDS: sea courting love death separation wreck
FOUND IN: US(MA) Britain(Scotland,England(South)) Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Cazden/Haufrecht/Studer-FolkSongsOfTheCatskills 56, "The Little Cabin Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Smith/Hatt/Fowke-SeaSongsBalladFromNineteenthCenturyNovaScotia, p. 83, "The Cabin Boy" (1 text)
Lyle-Andrew-CrawfurdsCollectionVolume2 104, "The Cabin Boy" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: W. Christie, editor, Traditional Ballad Airs (Edinburgh, 1876 (downloadable pdf by University of Edinburgh, 2007)), Vol I, pp. 242-243, "William the Handsome Cabin Boy" (1 text, 1 tune))

ST FSC056 (Partial)
Roud #1168
File: FSC056

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