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Thread #10100   Message #4009959
Posted By: Steve Gardham
22-Sep-19 - 05:54 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Old Rosin the Bow / Rosin the Beau
Subject: RE: Origins: Old Rosin the Bow / Rosin the Beau
I've got copies of the Levy site American ones, Jon, but John could you please send me a copy of the 1844 sheet music? Love to Val.

There was a predecessor of RTB from the mid 18th century called The Brisk Fellow (a.k.a.The Rakish Fellow in oral tradition and later printings, Roud 829). It also appears to be the predecessor of the Tarpaulin Jacket. Here's the 5th stanza.

I'll have none but sailors to carry me,
Let them be all damnable drunk,
And as they go along for to bury me,
May they fall down with my trunk;
Let there be no sighing and sobbing,
But one single favour I crave,
take me up in my tarpaulin Jacket,
And fiddle and dance to my grave.

Last st refers to Admiral Hawke and was obviously written when Hawke was still an admiral and fighting sea battles.