The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #96582   Message #1890712
Posted By: EBarnacle
22-Nov-06 - 10:22 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req/Origins: My Jolly Roving Tar
Subject: RE: Lyr Req/Origins: My Jolly Roving Tar
The version commonly sung on this [the Western side] of the ocean was collected by Frank Warner and can be found in his ballad book. He was one of the songcatchers who went roaming through the American hinterlands collecting traditional ballads. His son, Jeff Warner, performs many of the songs found in the book.

The Harrigan version may predate his collection. I don't know which came first.