Mudcat Café message #3245733 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #140911   Message #3245733
Posted By: Lighter
27-Oct-11 - 03:15 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads: US Versions
Subject: RE: Child Ballads: US Versions
> 1. As I walked out in yonder dell,
I met a fair damsel, her name it was Nell,

Regardless of how much of the song may have been faked, the refrains are authentic.

They belong to a bawdy song collected by Edith Fowke in Ontario that begins (IIRC), "As I was walking down the street,.../A couple of whores I chanced to meet...."

Hugill gives a cleaned up version as a shanty to the tune of "Camptown Races," with "hoodah" choruses.

But shanty singers will also recognize "Rollickum-bollickum-dandy-o" as a variant of a very different shanty, Hugill's "Ballockin' Randy Dandy!" (which he euphemized print as "Rollicking...," and which Colcord gives as "Galloping...").

All in all, an interesting distribution.