Caroline And Her Young Sailor Bold
(Kenneth Peacock)
(Young Carolina)

It's of a rich nobleman's daughter,
Caroline was her name I'm told,
And out of her drawing-room window,
She admired a young sailor bold.

Her teeth were so white as the ivory,
Her hair so black as the jet,
Caroline took her departure,
And young William she very soon met.

"Young maid, stay at home with your parents,
And do from them as you are told,
And never let anyone persuade you,
To follow a young sailor bold."

"I'll never let anyone persuade me,
One moment and then I'll decide,
I'll ship and go sailing with my true love,
Across the ocean so wide."

She shipped as a gallant young sailor,
In her jacket and trousers so blue,
Three years and a half plowed the ocean,
Caroline and her young sailor true.

Three times out of that she got shipwrecked,
But she always proved loyal and true,
From a mizzen to a royal so lofty,
In her jacket and trousers so blue.

Her father went weeping and wailing,
And the tears down his cheeks did roll,
Until the ship returned to old England,
Caroline and her young sailor bold.

"Oh, father, dear father, forgive me,
Do not persuade me with gold,
There's only one question I'll ask you,
To be true to my young sailor bold."

Her father admired young William,
And placed him in large unity,
And if life it is spared until morning,
It's married this couple shall be.

They got married on Caroline's fortune,
With twenty-five thousand in gold,
And now they are living in splendor,
Caroline and her young sailor bold.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a British broadside ballad The Young Sailor Bold. Answer To The Gallant Hussar, reportedly written by J Morgan, a ballad-writer in the employ of James Catnach, a broadside printer (London) between 1813 and 1838, and archived at the Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads, shelfmark: Harding B 11(4391) [Laws N17] American Balladry From British Broadsides (G Malcolm Laws, 1957) ....####
Collected in 1952 by Kenneth Peacock from Christopher Theodore (Chris) Cobb [1897-1968] of Barr'd Islands, Fogo, NL, and published in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.329-330, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

A popular variant was also sung by Bill Fulford of Merasheen, NL, and published for the 1980 Merasheen Reunion in Placentia Bay, NL, by Loyola Pomroy and William (Bill) Wilson Jr [1931-1993] of Meerasheen, Placentia Bay, NL.

A variant was collected in 1951 from Thomas Williams [1872-?] of St Vincent's, NL, and published as Young Carolina (sic) in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada, ©2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).


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