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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleSailor boy just come from sea
Roud No.531
Collected FromWarren, Edwin
LocationSouth Marston
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative TitleSaucy sailor boy
Source Primary
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 8th January, 1916, p 2, Part 13, No. 7 X.806
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

"Come my own one; come my dear one,
Come my loved one unto me,
Will you wed a poor sailor boy,
That has just come from sea?"

Verse 2

"You are ragged love; you are dirty,
And your clothes smell much of tar.
So begone you saucy sailor boy!
Begone you Jack Tar!"

Verse 3

"If I am ragged, love, if I'm dirty,
If my clothes smell much of tar,
I've got silver in each pocket love,
And gold in great store.

Verse 4

I am frolicsome, I am easy,
I am good tempered love, and free,
And I don't care a single pin, boys,
What the world may say of me."

Verse 5

As soon as she heard these words,
Down on her bended knees she fell,
Saying - "To be sure I'll wed you, Henry,
For I love the sailors well."

Verse 6

"Do you think I am crazy, love?
Do you think I am going mad,
To wed a poor country wench,
With no fortune to be had?

Verse 7

I will cross the briny ocean,
Where the wild birds sweetly sing,
Since you have refused my offer, love,
Some other girl shall wear the ring."
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Note 1

Williams, Alfred: WGS: This seems to have enjoyed considerable popularity. It is old and the words appealed to the villagers. I obtained the copy of Edward Warren, South Marston, though I have heard of it in several neighbouring localities.

Note 2

This song is not included in the Bathe Clissold index. There is a brief reference to it in the Bathe thesis, Pedalling in the dark, 2006, p 30 where it is attributed it to William Warren, South Marston in a section on missing texts. There is no copy of this in the manuscripts. Following in the footsteps of the compliers of the Bathe Clissold Index I have given this song the number X.806 for continuity.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2011.



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