The Sailor Boy

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Title - The Sailor Boy
Contributors - Annie Taylor
Reporters - Hamish Henderson; J. Anthony

Summary - In this tragic ballad, a young woman asks her father to build her a boat in order to search for her lover. She asks a passing ship's crew if they have seen him, and the captain replies that he drowned. The girl despairs and bids all sailors mourn with her for the loss of her sailor boy.

Annie Taylor learned the song as a little girl from her mother.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:41
Date Recorded - 1953.10
Language - English
Genre - Song, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 41680
Original Tape ID - SA1953.243
Original Track ID - SA1953.243
Audio Quality - Fair
Audio Format - R2R

Classification - GD1245; LK12; R273;

Item Notes - 6 verses of 4 lines. Hesitation and prompting after verse 2 and during verse 6.
Greig-Duncan vol. 6, pp. 477-485
'Singing Island' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1960) p. 28
'Folksongs Sung in Ulster' (R. Morton, 1970) pp. 11-12
'Irish Street Ballads' (C. O Lochlainn, 1978) pp. 112-113
'Traditional Ballad Airs' vol. 1 (W. Christie, 1876) pp. 248-249
'Folk-Song of the North-East' (G. Greig, K. Goldstein, A. Argo, 1963 reprint) art. LXIV
'Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland' (E. MacColl & P. Seeger, 1977) pp. 122-126

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