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Thread #99894   Message #1996866
Posted By: Lynn W
14-Mar-07 - 05:24 PM
Thread Name: Songs about Whitby??!
Subject: RE: Songs about Whitby??!
The Whitby Lad is on the Watersons' Yorkshire Garland. From the sleeve notes-
The Whitby Lad
A big family of highwaymen and poacher songs interbred with a family of transportation songs to produce a large number of offspring all resembling each other closely. A central feature of them all is the lamentation of the aged parents. The Whitby Lad was collected from Mr. W. F. Verril of Staithes some sixty years ago by R. A. Gatty. In other versions the young transportee comes from other parts and sails down other rivers than the Humber. On the face of it the song is modest enough but it has exercised a powerful interest on singers and hearers alike and versions of it quickly became common in Scotland, Ireland and America (where it still flourishes under such titles as The Boston Burglar and The Jail at Morgantown).