The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #63269   Message #1092606
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
14-Jan-04 - 08:18 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Bankers boy? / Young Banker / Banking Boy
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bankers boy ??
That may well be so; though of course there were other banks nearer home for the fishing, too. The song was issued on broadsides, and the few versions found in oral currency didn't depart very much from the printed text.A couple of copies can be seen at  Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads; they are both from Northern printers, though, so whether or not there might have been a Dorset connection we can't really tell. Doubtless the term wasn't uncommon.

A new song called The banking boy

The song is number 3321 in the Roud Folk Song Index. The set in the DT was taken from a Watersons record; they combined a tune noted in Yorkshire with a text from Lincolnshire, it seems.