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Thread #96582   Message #1890582
Posted By: GUEST,Brian Peters
22-Nov-06 - 06:07 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Origins: My Jolly Roving Tar
Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Origins: My Jolly Roving Tar
>>(Re 'Peace's' earlier post, see also DT file GET UP JACK! JOHN, SIT DOWN; though this appears to be a completely different song, albeit sharing a common title.)<<

The song "My Jolly Roving Tar" collected by D. Hammond from Mrs. Seale in Dorset in 1906 (and published in Purslow's "Wanton Seed") is lyrically much the same as the Canadian Maritime, Irish and broadside versions listed above. However, the tune is all but identical to Lena Bourne Fish's "Get Up Jack", so if the latter is indeed Harrigan and Braham's composition (see related thread) then it sounds to me as though they used an existing traditional piece as a template. Or has someone thought of that already?