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Thread #36143 Message #497181
Posted By: toadfrog
02-Jul-01 - 11:42 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Cornwall Apprentice
Subject: Cornwall Apprentice
The Boston Burglar (a.k.a. "Louisville Burglar" and several other things, is described on the d.t. as "Irish-American." Now, I'm sure that's right, but I think somewhere I was told it had an English antecedent called the "Cornwall Apprentice." I would swear I have even heard it sung, but recall only a few lyrics - "I was brought up in Cornwall" (of course) and "I ripped, I roamed, I rambled."
There is a "Sheffield Apprentice" on dt (and four times in the Bodelian collection) which has a different story but possibly is related. But there is no "Cornwall Apprentice" in the Bodelian, or in googol, and so far as I can tell, it isn't mentioned on Bruce O's website either.
Does anyone know - is there a "Cornwall Apprentice," or did I dream all this stuff?