The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #41454 Message #3734940
Posted By: Joe Offer
02-Sep-15 - 11:39 PM
Thread Name: ADD/Origins: Yarmouth Town
Subject: RE: ADD/Origins: Yarmouth Town
So, would one class "Yarmouth Town" with Jack the Jolly Tar/Do Me Ama?
In "Yarmouth," the landlord's daughter is using a string to set up an assignation with a sailor.
In "Jack the Jolly Tar," it's an upper-class setting things up with her lover, and Jack overhears and deceives the woman by taking the string meant for another.
As far as I can see above, we haven't found any traditional sources for "Yarmouth Town" - or have we?
There being no string involved, I see no tie (couldn't resist) between this song and Cruising 'Round Yarmouth, other than the coincidence of geography.