Bold Privateer, The [Laws O32]
DESCRIPTION: (Johnny) tells (Polly) that he must go to sea. She begs him to stay safe at home. (He points out that her friends dislike him and her brothers threaten him. He offers to exchange rings with her), and promises to return and marry her if his life is spared
EARLIEST DATE: before 1845 (Broadside Bodleian Harding B25(241))
KEYWORDS: sea farewell
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,NE,SE) Britain(England(North,South)) Ireland Canada(Ont)
REFERENCES (12 citations):
Laws O32, "The Bold Privateer"
Randolph 233, "The Union Volunteer" (1 text, 1 tune, with a "Union Volunteer" substituted for the "Bold Privateer" but no other substantial changes)
Eddy-BalladsAndSongsFromOhio 79, "The Bold Privateer" (1 text)
Sharp-EnglishFolkSongsFromSouthernAppalachians 138, "The Bold Privateer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brown/Schinhan-FrankCBrownCollectionNCFolklore4 322, "The Bold Privateer" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Huntington-FolksongsFromMarthasVineyard, pp. 34-35, "The Bold Privateer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Williams-Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 502, "Bold Privateer" (1 text)
Kidson-TraditionalTunes, p. 101, "The Bold Privateer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Henry/Huntingdon/Herrmann-SamHenrysSongsOfThePeople H514, pp. 297-298, "The Bold Privateer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Huntington-TheGam-MoreSongsWhalemenSang, pp. 123-124, "The Bold Privateer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wolf-AmericanSongSheets, #171, p. 13, "The Bold Privateer" (4 references)
DT 486, BOLDPRIV BLDPRIV2*
ST LO32 (Full)
Tom Brandon, "The Bold Privateer" (on Ontario1)
Robert Cinnamond, "The Wild Privateer" (on IRRCinnamond03)
Bodleian, Harding B 25(241), "The Bold Privateer," J. Pitts (London) , before 1845; also Harding B 18(50), "The Bold Privateer," Thomas M. Scroggy (Philadelphia), n.d.
cf. "Pleasant and Delightful" (meter)
cf. "Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy" (lyrics)
NOTES [128 words]: Some versions of this are so mixed with "Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy" that they might almost be one song. But there are sufficient distinct versions that I think they must be considered separate songs.
The Sam Henry text contains an interesting reference, "The French they are treacherous, right very well you know, Did they not kill their own poor king not so very long ago?" Presumably this refers to the execution of Louis XVI in 1793, though there are other possibilities, including Louis's son Louis XVII, who died in 1795, some say by poison.
Huntington placed his version of "Our Captain Calls All Hands (Fighting for Strangers)" here, and early editions of the Index did the same, but while there is some similarity in theme, they are certainly separate songs. - RBW
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