Bob Cranky's Adieu
DESCRIPTION: "Farewell, farewell, ma comely pet! Aw's forced three weeks to leave thee; Aw's doon for parm'nent duty set." The singer must obey the sergeant during the long parting -- but if the girl wishes to see him, they can always meet in the "yell-house"
AUTHOR: Words: John Shield
EARLIEST DATE: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay-SongsAndBalladsOfNorthernEngland); Shield died 1848
KEYWORDS: soldier separation drink reunion humorous parody
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Stokoe/Reay-SongsAndBalladsOfNorthernEngland, pp. 91-93, "Bob Cranky's Adieu" (1 text, 1 tune)
ST StoR091 (Partial)
cf. "Bob Cranky's 'Size Sunday" (character)
NOTES [22 words]: According to Stokoe, "This song is a parody on the popular song of the Peninsular War period, entitled 'The Soldier's Adieu.'" - RBW
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2021 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.