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Joe Offer Origins: The Ploughboy (42) ADD Version: The Ploughboy 05 Sep 21


Here's another Jolly Ploughboy, set to me by Barbara Molloy.

THE JOLLY PLOUGHBOY
Trad, from the singing of Matthew Byrne’s Hearts & Heroes CD}

A jolly young plough boy
was plowing up the land
With his horses all
under a green shade.
He whistled a gay song
while his horses jogged along
all his wishes were to wed
a handsome maid, a handsome maid,
His wishes were to wed a handsome maid.

He finished up his song
while his horses ploughed along,
saying, “For court’n of this maid
I am to blame.
And it’s when her ag-ed father
sure is come to know,
he will send me to the wars
to be slain, to be slain,
He’ll send me to the wars to be slain.

When Mary’s cruel father
came for to know
that young Mary she was
courting on the plain,
They sent a troop of soldiers
to press her love on board,
and they’ve sent him to the wars
to be slain, to be slain,
They’ve sent him to the wars to be slain.

A suit of men’s clothing
she easily put on
and she’s lined down the pockets
with bright gold.
And she’s marching down the street,
while the tears roll down her cheeks,
But she’s marching out like any
soldier bold, soldier bold.
She’s marching out like any soldier bold.

She went to the ship
where her true love he did bide.
To the captain
she did instantly complain.
I’m a poor distress-ed maid,
looking out for my plough boy.
They’ve sent him to the wars
to be slain, to be slain.
They’ve sent him to the wars to be slain.

She’s pull-ed out
her purse full of gold,
500 guineas there, and more.
And she’s freely laid it down,
for her o-wn plough--boy
and she’s rowed him in her arms
to the shore, to the shore.
Rowed him in her arms to the shore.

Now what’s like two lov-ers,
whe-n they do meet?
They will drink and drown
all sorrow and woe.
They will laugh
and they will sing,
and they’ll cause
the bell to ring.
All for joy she’s got the young man
she adores, she adores.
For joy she’s got the young man she adores.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCTgZ2hFe6E

Seems to be related to this version in the Digital Tradition.

Elements - he's ploughing his farm, sees the maid, her father gets him impressed, she crossdresses and takes a lot of money and gets him free for a happy ending.
If we just say ploughboy/crossdressing, is that distinctive enough?


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