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Thread #168566   Message #4072080
Posted By: Steve Gardham
16-Sep-20 - 10:06 AM
Thread Name: On Board of a Man-of-War
Subject: RE: On Board of a Man-of-War
Of the 4 versions I've used here, although none of them completely use the well-known format ababcccd of The Rambling Sailor/Soldier/Wool-comber/Saileur, it is pretty obvious that is what the original format was and is utilised here. As you would expect the fullest version with 8 inconsistent garbled stanzas is from the Eury Collection at Appalachian State University and can be seen online, under the title 'A Song about a Man of War'. It was written down in a notebook belonging to General Lenoir in 1768. The other 3 versions are:
Alfred Williams (Wiltshire website-online) 'The Jolly Tar' recorded in Middlesex c1915 (parts of 7 stanzas)
Folk Song Journal 26, p11, The Pressgang, collected by E.J.Moeran in Norfolk, 1915 (parts of 6 sts)
Sharp Manuscripts (VWML) CJS2/9/3348, 'Man of War', Somerset, 1921 (parts of 3 sts)