Dark-Eyed Sailor, The (Fair Phoebe and her Dark-Eyed Sailor) [Laws N35]

DESCRIPTION: The singer courts a girl, but she remains true to William, her sailor, gone these seven years. William at last identifies himself and produces his half of their broken ring. The two are married and settle down
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1809 (broadside, Bodleian Johnson Ballads 2483)
KEYWORDS: love courting brokentoken marriage
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,NE,SE) Canada(Mar,Newf,Ont) Britain(Scotland(Aber),England(Lond,South,West)) Ireland
REFERENCES (41 citations):
Laws N35, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor (Fair Phoebe and her Dark-Eyed Sailor)"
Gardner/Chickering-BalladsAndSongsOfSouthernMichigan 57, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text plus 1 excerpt and mention of 2 more, 1 tune)
Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry, pp. 218-219, "Dark-Eyed Canaller" (1 text, 1 tune)
Thompson-APioneerSongster 14, "The Dark Eyed Sailor" (1 text)
Gray-SongsAndBalladsOfTheMaineLumberjacks, pp. 108-110, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, very damaged, plus a reprint of a Forth broadside)
Lane/Gosbee-SongsOfShipsAndSailors, p. 236, "Fair Phoebe and Her Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders/Ballard/Brown/Barry-NewGreenMountainSongster, pp. 36-38, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doerflinger-SongsOfTheSailorAndLumberman pp. 300-301, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H232, p. 318, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cox-FolkSongsSouth 93, "The Broken Ring" (1 text)
Huntington-SongsTheWhalemenSang, pp. 120-122, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greig-FolkSongInBuchan-FolkSongOfTheNorthEast #112, p. 2, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text)
Greig/Duncan5 1037, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (5 texts, 5 tunes)
Ord-BothySongsAndBallads, pp. 323-324, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 409, "Phoebe and Her Dark Eyed Sailor"; Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Mi 609, "Twas of a Comely Young Lady Fair" (2 texts)
Purslow-TheConstantLovers, pp. 30-31, "Fair Phoebe And Her Dark-Ey'd Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hamer-GreenGroves, pp. 40-41, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Palmer-EnglishCountrySongbook, "The Dark-eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Karpeles-TheCrystalSpring 69, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud/Bishop-NewPenguinBookOfEnglishFolkSongs #68, "Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brown/Belden/Hudson-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore2 95, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text (with mention of a variant collection) plus 1 excerpt)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore4 95, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Scarborough-ASongCatcherInSouthernMountains, pp. 267-270, "Fair Phoebe and her Dark-Eyed Sailor" (3 texts; the first, "Young Willie's Return, or The Token," with tune on pp. 426-427, is this song; the second, "The Sailor," with tune on p. 427, is "John (George) Riley (II)" Laws N37; the third, "Billy Ma Hone," with tune on p. 427, seems to be its own song)
MacColl/Seeger-TravellersSongsFromEnglandAndScotland 26, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
OShaughnessy-YellowbellyBalladsPart1 12, "The Dark Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior-TraditionalSongsOfNovaScotia, pp. 144-146, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" ( 2 texts, 1 tune)
Creighton-SongsAndBalladsFromNovaScotia 29, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield-BalladsAndSeaSongsOfNewfoundland 36, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 513-514, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Karpeles-FolkSongsFromNewfoundland 55, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Guigné-ForgottenSongsOfTheNewfoundlandOutports, pp. 107-110, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Lehr/Best-ComeAndIWillSingYou 27, "The Dark-eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie-BalladsAndSeaSongsFromNovaScotia 64, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text)
Fowke-TraditionalSingersAndSongsFromOntario 9, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ives-DriveDullCareAway-PrinceEdwardIsland, pp. 93-94,244, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manny/Wilson-SongsOfMiramichi 65, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn-IrishStreetBallads 5, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ashton-RealSailorSongs, #71, "Fair Phoeby and Her Dark Eyed Sailor" (1 text)
Darling-NewAmericanSongster, pp. 125-126, "The Dark Eyed Sailor" (1 text)
Silber/Silber-FolksingersWordbook, p. 147, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (1 text)

Roud #265
M. Curran, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Charlotte Decker, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
Warde Ford, "Nightingales of Spring" (AFS 4198 A1, 1938; in AMMEM/Cowell)
Mrs. T. Ghaney, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Fred Jordan, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor" (on Voice02)

Bodleian, Johnson Ballads 2483, "Fair Phoebe and her Dark-ey'd Sailor," unknown [Printer's Series:(39)], 1767-1808; also Harding B 11(498), "Fair Phoebe and her Dark-Eyed Sailor," J. Catnach (London), 1813-1838; Harding B 11(499), Johnson Ballads 452, Firth c.18(141), Harding B 15(99a), Harding B 11(1120), Firth c.12(261), Harding B 11(1119), Harding B 11(3030), Harding B 16(84b), "Fair Phoebe and her Dark-Eyed Sailor"; Firth c.17(53), Harding B 11(2824), Firth b.27(475), "Fair Phoebe and her Dark-ey'd Sailor"; Harding B 16(326b), "Fair Phoebe and her Dark Eyed Sailor"; Firth b.25(142), Harding B 15(98b), "Fair Phoebe and her Dark Ey'd Sailor"; Harding B 11(3493), Johnson Ballads 1837, "Fair Phoebe, and the Dark-Eye'd Sailor"; Firth b.25(193), "Fair Phoebe and the Dark-Eyed sailor"; Harding B 15(99b), "Fair Phoeby and Her Dark Eyed Sailor"; Harding B 18(114), "Dark Ey'd Sailor" ("'Tis of a comely young lady, fair")
LOCSinging, as102640, "Dark Ey'd Sailor," J. Andrews (New York), 1853-1859; also sb10077b, "Dark Ey'd Sailor"
Murray, Mu23-y1:016, "The Dark-Eyed Sailor," R. M'Intosh (Calton), 19C; also Mu23-y1:102, "Fair Phoebe And Her Dark-Eyed Sailor," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C

cf. "John (George) Riley (I)" [Laws N36] and references there
cf. "The Lovely Cottage Maid (The Cottage Maid)" (plot, themes)
cf. "Brave Wolfe" [Laws A1] and references there (tune)
cf. "The Female Smuggler" (tune, per broadsides Bodleian Johnson Ballads 2483, Bodleian Harding B 11(498), Bodleian Harding B 11(499))
NOTES [140 words]: Ford sings this to the tune usually associated with "The Blacksmith," which -- so far as I know -- hasn't been otherwise collected outside Britain except as "Brave Wolfe." - PJS
Lines shared with The Banks of Sweet Primroses: Young girl's be true while your love's at sea, For a dark cloudy morning Brings forth a pleasant day."
Broadside LOCSinging as102640: J. Andrews 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
Fowke-TraditionalSingersAndSongsFromOntario, p. 166, declares that, in North America, this was the most popular broken-token ballad other than "The Sailor's Return" (i.e. "Pretty Fair Maid (The Maiden in the Garden; The Broken Token)" [Laws N42]) and adds that "in Britain it was an even greater favorite." - RBW
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