Jack Munro, Lyric Variant 03


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Jack Munro, Lyric Variant 03


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is lamination-related creasing on the document. The upper left corner was folded into the laminate. There is a large tear at the middle right edge. There are two moderate tears and two minor tears at the left edge. There is minor fraying along the lower edge. The document title and two textual corrections are handwritten in pencil.


Ballads, English Ballads, Scots Sailors -- Songs and music Male impersonators -- Songs and music Love -- Songs and music Marriage -- Songs and music Soldiers -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Jack the Sailor. Poor Jack is Gone a-Sailing. Jacky. the Sailor Boy. War Song. The Brisk Young Plow Boy. Men's Clothes I Will Put On. The Banks of the Nile. The Sailor's Sweetheart. Lily Oh. Jackie Fraisure. The Merchant's Daughter. Jackie Frazier. Poor Jack's Gone to War. Jack Went A-Sailing


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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The Soldier Lass

Poor Jack has gone a sailing with trouble in his mind,
A leaving in this country his darling girl behind,
There was a wealthy merchant in London he did dwell,
And he had an only daughter the truth to you I’ll tell.

This lady she was courted by gents of high degree,
She loved none but Jack the sailor who ploughs the raging sea
If this be true my daughter of what I’ve heard of thee,
Then Jack he shall be banished and you confined shall be.

Oh, Pa, you may have my body, my heart you can’t confine,
There is none but Jack, the sailor, can win thisheart of mine,
She went into the tavern to dress in men’s array,
And unto the ship she started to convey herself away.

Before you come on board sir, your name I’d like to know,
She smiled within her countenance they call me Jack Monroe,
Your waist it is tooslender, your fingers they are small,
Your cheeks too red and rosy to face the cannon ball.

My waist is very slender, my fingers they are small,
But it never makes me tremble to see ten thousand fall,
The drum began to beat, the fife began to play,
Unto the field of battle they all did march away.

The wars all being ended, she took a circle round
Among the dead and wounded her darling boy she found,
She took him in her arms and carried him to town,
And sent for London doctors to heal his bloody wound.

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Jack Munro, Lyric Variant 03

Document Title

The Soldier Lass

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Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 99 Randolph, 42 Cox, 98 Laws, N 7 Combs, 99 Sharp, 65

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217 mm x 357 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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