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Sailor Courted a Farmer's Daughter, A

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Performer: Wixey, Mrs.
Place Collected: Buckland
Date collected: 1909 (6 Apr)
Collector: Sharp, Cecil
Roud Number: 993

English balladry is full of accounts of cruel parents, and class snobbery.  This song is one of that genre and goes back at least 2 centuries.  Its spread in England is confined to the southern counties, but it has also been found in Canada and occasionally Ireland and the USA.


Notes by Gwilym Davies 9 April 2016