Sailor Boy, Lyric Variant 06
 


Citation

“Sailor Boy, Lyric Variant 06,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed November 29, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/31818.


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Title

Sailor Boy, Lyric Variant 06

Description

This item is part of the I. G. Greer Folksong Collection which consists of more than 300 individual song titles and their variants as collected by Isaac Garfield Greer (1881-1967) from informants, primarily in Ashe, Wilkes and Watauga counties. The collection includes manuscripts, typescript transcriptions produced by Dr. Greer’s clerical staff, and handwritten musical notations. Songs range from traditional Child Ballads, traditional English and Scottish ballads as well as their American variants, to 19th century popular music to musical compositions of local origin.

Subject

Ballads, English
Death--Songs and music
Lovesickness--Songs and music
Soldiers--Songs and music
Love--Songs and music

Alternative Title

The Sweet Sailor Boy

Publisher

W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

Contributor

Greer, I. G. (Isaac Garfield), 1881-1967

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Text

Transcription

“Sweet Willie”

Captain, Captain tell me true
Does my sweet Willie sail with you
No he does not sail with me
For he is drowned in the sea.

-Chorus-

Go bring me back the one I love
Go bring go bring him back to me
They say he loves another girl
But I hope that he will remember me

Go father and build me a little
boat
That I may down the river float
And ever ship that I pass by
I’ll listen for sweet Willies cry.

Chorus

I wish I was a little bird
A darling, darling little bird
And to sweet Willie I would fly
And there I would lay down to die

-Chorus-

Scholarly Classification

Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 104 Randolph. 68 Cox. 110

File name

113_SailorBoy_Lyric_06

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