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Billy Taylor (William Taylor)
(Bold William Taylor)

Billy Taylor was a sailor,
He was courtin' a fair lady,
Instead of Billy getting married,
He was forced untae the sea;
But his bride soon followed after
Under the name of Richard Carr,
Snow-white fingers, long and slender,
Covered ower wi' pitch and tar.

Fal-da-ral-da-rum-dum-deddy,
Fal-da-ral-de-rum-dum-day.

She's dressed herself in sailor's clothing,
Oh but she was a bonnie young man,
Away she sailed upon the ocean,
All aboard the Mary Anne;
A storm blew up upon the water,
She bein' there amang the rest,
The wind blew off her silver buttons
And there appeared her snow-white breast.

Fal-da-ral-da-rum-dum-deddy,
Fal-da-ral-de-rum-dum-day.

"Well, now," said the captain, "My dear lady,
What misfortune brought you here?"
"I'm in search of my true lover
Whom you have pressed the other year."
"Well," said the captain, "My dear lady,
Tell to me the young man's name."
"Some folk call him Billy Taylor,
William Taylor is his name."

Fal-da-ral-da-rum-dum-deddy,
Fal-da-ral-de-rum-dum-day.

"Well, if Billy Taylor's your dear lover,
Then he has proved to you untrue,
He's got married tae another
And left you here alone to rue;
Rise ye early in the mornin',
Early at the break of day,
And there you'll spy young Billy Taylor,
Walkin' oot wi' his lady gay."

Fal-da-ral-da-rum-dum-deddy,
Fal-da-ral-de-rum-dum-day.

She rose early up next mornin',
Early at the break of day,
And there she spied young Billy Taylor
Walkin' oot wi' his lady gay;
Gun and pistol she commanded,
Gun and pistol at her side,
And there she shot young Billy Taylor
Walkin' oot wi' his new-made bride.

Fal-da-ral-da-rum-dum-deddy,
Fal-da-ral-de-rum-dum-day.

####.... Variant of William Taylor [Laws N11] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G. Malcolm Laws, 1957). Also a variant of a 19th-century British broadside ballad, Bold William Taylor, published by H Such (London) sometime between 1863 and 1885, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Firth c.12(231). ....####

This variant was recorded by Malinky, a Scottish folk band specializing in Scots song, with traditional lyrics arranged by Karine Polwart who was with the band from 1998 to 2005 on their 2002 album 3 Ravens.

A variant was also collected with two missing lines as Willy Taylor and published as #22, on pp.49-50 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 as William Taylor by Maud Karpeles [1885-1976] and published as #49 in Folk Songs From Newfoundland (Faber and Faber, London, 1971; also Oxford, 1934).

A variant was also collected as Willy Taylor by MacEdward Leach [1897-1967] and published as #131 in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast (National Museum of Canada, Ottawa, 1965).


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