The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2169 Message #798038
Posted By: Joe Offer
06-Oct-02 - 10:16 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Admiral Benbow
Subject: RE: Admiral Benbow
I double-checked the first version we have , and it almost perfectly matches the text in Sharp's One Hundred English Folksongs (Dover Reprint). (Sharp-100E in the Ballad Index)
The Traditional Ballad Index says there's another version in PBB, Penguin Book of Ballads - I don't have that book.
The other book cited is Chappell/Wooldridge - William Chappell, Old English Popular Music. Revised by H. Ellis Wooldridge (1893).
Don't have that one, either.
The UTK Song Index at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville has no listing for this song. No record at the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress.
There is sheet music for the "we sailed to Virginia" version at the Levy Sheet Music Site, but I don't have time to transcribe it this week - anybody? We need a tune, too.