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Lyr Req: Bold 'somebody'

GUEST,mle_ 19 Aug 12 - 01:25 PM
Reinhard 19 Aug 12 - 01:41 PM
GUEST 19 Aug 12 - 02:06 PM
MGM·Lion 20 Aug 12 - 10:30 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Bold 'somebody'
From: GUEST,mle_
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 01:25 PM

There are atleast two versions of the song I'm thinking of, one is quite bawdy. It involves a woman who goes to seek her betrothed at sea and she disguises herself as a man. When she is discovered, she tells the Captain who she is looking for. The Captain explains that her man is now courting another and if she will be at a certain place the next morning, she can see his unfaithfulness for herself. She does as instructed, then calls for the Captain's pistol, and shoots her false lover.
What is the name of this song? I believe it's Bold so-and-so.
Thanks in advance for the help!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold 'somebody'
From: Reinhard
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 01:41 PM

Bold William Taylor


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold 'somebody'
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Aug 12 - 02:06 PM

That's it! Thanks, Reinhard.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bold 'somebody'
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 20 Aug 12 - 10:30 AM

I refer you to an article I published in Notes and Queries (Oxford University Press) for March 1999, "A Folksong Reference in Elizabeth Gaskell's Sylvia's Lovers", drawing attention to a previously unannotated ref to this song in the novel of 1863. When the character Charles Kinraid is taken by the press gang, he attempts to send a message back to his beloved Sylvia Robson [the 'Sylvia' of the title], causing the press-master to speculate facetiously, that he is "asking her to come for to serve on board along with he, like Billy Taylor's young woman": one of quite a number of folksong references in Mrs Gaskell's works.

~Michael~


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