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Need help ID'ing this song- Factory Boy?

Dave Ruch 12 Mar 13 - 10:13 AM
RTim 12 Mar 13 - 10:29 AM
Steve Gardham 12 Mar 13 - 11:09 AM
Dave Ruch 12 Mar 13 - 12:22 PM
Steve Gardham 12 Mar 13 - 02:16 PM
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Subject: Need help ID'ing this song- Factory Boy?
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 10:13 AM

My last query was solved so quickly, I've got another one that I'm hoping for some help with, from the same collection (Marjorie Lansing Porter's field recordings, northeastern NY State, circa 1946).

Mrs Porter titled the song "The Factory Boy", and collected the following text from Mrs Lily Delorme of Cadyville NY, who sang it to a pretty compelling tune. I can't find any reference to this, and the factory part doesn't necessarily square with his not being free.

THE FACTORY BOY

The very first time I saw my love
She was dreaming of ......
Her hair was black and all up on her head
And her eyes, they were just as black as jet

CHORUS: Rally-Right-Foll-Oh, Rally-Right-Foll-Ay

Then down to Cadmonton I did go
Till ........................
I love that girl as I love my life
And what would I give if she'd be my wife

CHORUS

Oh stop your noise, you foolish boy
To love a girl you cannot find joy
She has got sweethearts, some two or three
And she will be married before you're free

CHORUS

Oh never mind that, I will go and see
Perhaps that she may fancy me
Perhaps that she may fancy me
Oh from the factory, I'm not yet free

CHORUS

I bought gold rings and jewels too
And straightway to my love did go
In taking them she was in no way shy
And she really married her factory boy

CHORUS

I'll build a castle, I'll build it high
No one shall live there but my child and I
When he comes home, I will wish him joy
And I'll kiss the lips of my factory boy

CHORUS


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Subject: RE: Need help ID'ing this song- Factory Boy?
From: RTim
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 10:29 AM

Dave -

It appears to be in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection (Middlebury College, Vermont) D38 B 02 - only as a sound recording, that I assume is the same recording you speak of.
It does not even have a Roud Number - so good luck!!

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Need help ID'ing this song- Factory Boy?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 11:09 AM

Roud Number 1671 The Apprentice Boy
Late 18th century, printed by Morren of Edinburgh among others.
Greig Duncan Colln. has 13 versions.

In North America found mainly in Canada, in Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, as one would expect.

A much reduced version printed by Haly of Cork.


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Subject: RE: Need help ID'ing this song- Factory Boy?
From: Dave Ruch
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 12:22 PM

Thanks Steve (and Tim). How interesting that this version has no reference to the sea whatsoever, whereas all other versions I've found online do. It's also interesting that her first and last verses seem to be unique.

Again, my thanks for the quick ID.


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Subject: RE: Need help ID'ing this song- Factory Boy?
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 02:16 PM

Dave,
The first verse is a corruption of the second verse on the broadside.

The first time I my love did see
Was dancing in her company
With her yellow hair and rolling eye
She stole my heart and for her I die.

Your last verse is similarly based on the penultimate broadside verse:-

Although you are a second mate
On my prentice boy I choose to wait
I think it my pride and my only joy
To drink a health to my prentice boy.


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