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Short Jacket (E Greenleaf and G Mansfield) MIDIs
See also: Blue Jacket And White Trousers (Peacock)
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Short jacket and blue trousers,
This fair one she put on;
Just like some jolly seaman bold,
She'd gaily move along.
She bargained with one Captain Roth,
To work her passage free;
For to go and seek her own true-love,
'Twas on the raging sea.

One night she sat a-dozing,
She were going to her bed;
The captain hove a smile and said,
"I wish you were a maid.
Your cherry cheeks and ruby lips,
Have all enticed me;
I oft' times wish within my heart,
You were the maid for me."

"Come hold your tongue, dearest captain,
Your talk is all in vain;
For if our sailors would come to know,
They would make sport and game.
For when that we do reach the shore,
Some handsome girls we'll find;
For to rove along with those fair lads,
That always were inclined."

It's about a few days after,
We reached the Irish shore;
"Here's adieu, here's adieu, here's adieu, captain,
Here's adieu forevermore.
A sailor once I been on board,
A maid I reach the shore;
Here's adieu, here's adieu, here's adieu, captain,
Here's adieu forevermore."

"Come turn you back, you fair one,
Come turn you back to me;
A sailor once you been on board,
A lady you might be."
"A sailor once I been on board,
A maid I reach the shore;
Here's adieu, here's adieu, here's adieu, captain,
Here's adieu forevermore."

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad, The Maid In Sorrow, [Laws N12] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
Sung in 1920 by Mrs Thomas (Annie) White Jr [1888-?] of Sandy Cove, St Barbe District, NL, and published as #46 on pp.100-101 in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland, by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933; Folklore Associates, Hatboro, Pennsylvania, 1968).

A variant was also collected in 1958 from Mrs Charlotte Decker [1884-1967] of Parson's Pond, NL, by Kenneth Peacock, and published as Blue Jacket And White Trousers in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Volume 2, pp.327-328, by The National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.



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