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Soldier's Boy, The

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Place Collected: Chipping Campden
Date collected: 1909 (13 Jan)
Collector: Sharp, Cecil
Roud Number: 258

This song, akin to the “Farmer’s Boy” tale, has a ring of Victorian sentimentality. The earliest is can be dated is broadsides of the mid-19th century, but it has had a vigorous life in the oral tradition world, appearing on both sides of the Atlantic with a fairly consistent text.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 30 June 2015