The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #151087   Message #3589583
Posted By: Lighter
06-Jan-14 - 07:00 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 6
My post to the current "High Barbary" thread:



In his 1836 autobiography, the Rev. Thomas F. Dibdin, credits the "1909" song to his uncle Charles, saying it was the elder Dibdin's "first sea-song."

It was in print anonymously but complete with melody as early as 1788 in "The New Vocal Enchantress."

Except for the phrase in question, Dibdin's song has nothing to do with the Child ballad.