#03550
The Prentice Boy (Var A) (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
See also: The Apprentice Boy (Tommy Nemec)
And also: A Prentice Boy In Love Var A (Peacock)
And also: A Prentice Boy In Love Var B (Peacock)

Click to jump down to Var B (Bonny Anne)

I had not sailed a voyage but one,
When I fell in love with you, bonny Annie;
'Twas straight unto my boatswain goes,
To tell him my sad grief and woe.
To love a girl as I love my life,
What would I give if she were my wife!
To love a girl as I love my life,
What would I give if she were my wife!

He says, "Begone, O you silly boy,
To love a girl that you'll never enjoy;
For she has sweethearts all on the sea,
Saying they'll be married before you're free."
It makes no matter, love, I'll go and try,
And perhaps my love she might fancy I;
And perhaps my love she might fancy I,
Although I be but her prentice b'y.

I bought fine rings and I bought fine clothes,
I took it not in vain unto my love;
All for to take it she was no ways shy,
To roll in the arms of her prentice b'y.
Our ship she is loaded and bound for sea,
We have a jovial ship's company;
For to a dance, love, we'll all agree,
I'll ask my love would she dance with me.

"O, yes, I'll dance, love, and go with thee,
And wait on you, love, till you are free;
I think it is a pleasure, likewise a j'y,
To roll in the arms of a prentice b'y.
O, yes, I'll dance, love, and go with thee,
And wait on you, love, till you are free;
I think it is a pleasure, likewise a j'y,
To roll in the arms of a prentice b'y."

Collected in 1929 from Thomas (Tom) White Jr [1892-?] of Sandy Cove, St Barbe, NL, and published as #107A by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf [1895-1980] in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland, p.214, Harvard University Press, Cambridge Massachusetts, 1933.

Bonny Anne (Var B) (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Click to jump up to Var A (The Prentice Boy)

I had not sailed a voyage but one,
When I fell in love with bonny Anne;
Straight unto my bo'sun go,
To tell him my sad grief and woe,
That I loved the girl as I loved my life,
What would I give if she were my wife!

"Begone, begone, you silly boy,
To love a girl that you'll never enjoy;
She got sweethearts all on the sea,
And she'll be married before you're free."

"It makes no matter, I'll go and try,
And perhaps my love she might fancy I;
And perhaps my love she might fancy I,
Although I be but a prentice b'y."

I bought fine rings and fine ribbons too,
And to convey it to my love;
All for to take it she was no ways shy,
Although I be but a prentice b'y.

Our ship is loaded and bound for sea,
We had a jovial ship's company;
To have a dance we did agree,
I asked my love would she dance with me.

"O, yes, my love, I'll dance with you,
And wait on you till you are free;
I think it is a pleasure, likewise a joy,
To roll in the arms of a prentice boy."

Recorded by Jane Quackenbush from the singing of John Henry Gueunuex, Barr'd Harbour, 1928, and published as #107B by Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf [1895-1980] in Ballads And Sea Songs Of Newfoundland, p.215, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1933.

Miss Greenleaf noted that the people of Barr'd Harbour and Sandy Cove are related and have the same social centre, Flower's Cove; so she thought Mr White and Mr Gueunuex learned this song from the same source.

####.... Author of the above variants is unknown. Neither of them is a variant of The Apprentice Boy [Laws M12] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957). ....####

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