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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleAboard the Resolution
Roud No.492
Collected FromSawyer, David [Phoebus]
LocationOgbourne St. Andrew
CountyWiltshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 4 - Wiltshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Wt 433
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 8th January, 1916, p 2, Part 13, No. 1: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 261
Recording
 
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

A story, a story I'm just a-going to tell,
It's of a young lady in London did dwell;
And, for to conclude, you quickly shall hear,
How she ventured her life for the sake of her dear.

Verse 2

So, now my brave boys, let's be loyal and true!
And after our enemies, for them we will pursue;
We shall soon overtake them all on the ocean wide,
And with the Resolution give them a broadside.

Verse 3

For with broadside to broadside, as far as we went,
To sink one another it was our intent;
But by the very shot our captain was slain,
And the damsel in his stead was forced to remain.

Verse 4

We fought them for hours in battle so rare,
Till we scarce had a man that our ship could steer;
Till we scarce had a man that could fire off a gun,
And the blood out of each ship's side did run.

Verse 5

For quarter, for quarter, the Frenchmen did cry -
"You shall have the best of quarter," the damsel did reply,
"You shall have the best of quarter that I can afford,
That's to kill or be killed, sink, or jump overboard."

Verse 6

And now, my brave boys, here's a parting glass of wine,
And you can drink to your sweet lass, and I will drink to mine;
Here's a health to the girl, she's a girl of great fame,
She's on board the ship that's called Newrion by name.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms: An old song, probably imperfect, and puzzling in its relations. The story, or circumstances, are suggested rather than told. When I first heard it I confessed I did not understand the scheme of the piece but my informant readily pointed out to me the chief facts. They were all sufficiently evident to him. Mr Frank Kidson has a version of the song in his Traditional tunes which he says was obtained on the Yorkshire coast. Our copy has an additional stanza and a totally different opening. Instead of Newrion in Mr Kidson's version, Rainbow is found. I obtained my copy of David Sawyer the sheep shearer, late of Ogbourne, Wiltshire.

Williams, Alfred: WGS: An old song, probably imperfect, and puzzling in its relations. The story, or circumstances, are suggested rather than told. When I first heard it I confessed I did not understand the scheme of the piece but my informant readily pointed out to me the chief facts - they were all sufficiently evident to him. Mr Frank Kidson has a version of the song in his Traditional tunes which he says was obtained on the Yorkshire coast. Our copy has an additional stanza and a totally different opening. Instead of Newrion in Mr Kidsons version, Rainbow is found. I obtained my copy of David Sawyer the sheep shearer, late of Ogbourne, Wiltshire.

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: An old song, probably imperfect, and puzzling in its relations. The story, or circumstances, are suggested rather than told. Copy of David Sawyer, Ogbourne, Wiltshire.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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