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Reinhard Lyr Req: Haul Away Boys (Cruel was my parents...) (3) RE: Lyr Req: Haul Away Boys (Cruel was my parents...) 24 Jul 17

In Sheila Kay Adams' version I hear the phrase in question as " it never raced a realm" but that doesn't make much sense either.
The last line of her first verse should be "took him *far* from land".

And in Kate Rusby's version the second line should end "took him *off to* sea".

This song is Roud V1836, Oh Cruel, and this is the Traditional Ballad Index entry:

Cruel Was the Press Gang

DESCRIPTION: "Oh! cruel was the press-gang That took my love from me; Oh! cruel was the little ship That took him out to sea; And cruel was the splinter-board That took away his leg; Now he is forced to fiddle-scrape And I am forced to beg."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1962 (Baring-Gould-MotherGoose)
KEYWORDS: husband wife pressgang injury begging disability
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #196, p. 137, "(Oh! cruel was the press-gang)"
NOTES: Although I haven't met this in any traditional collections, it sounds so traditional that I decided to risk including it in the Index. - RBW
File: BGMG196

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