“Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Keywords: talltale sea humorous whaler
Found in: Canada(Newf)

Description

"Jack was every inch a sailor... He was born upon the bright blue sea." Having been brought up as a whaler, one day Jack is swept overboard and swallowed by a whale. He escapes by pulling the whale inside out

Notes

This is almost certainly a cleaned-up bawdy song. - PJS

The versions I know all seem more in the Paul Bunyan vein -- extraordinary exaggerations. (But maybe I don't have imagination enough.) I suspect Paul is referring to "Jack Is Every Inch a Sailor," which is similar only in its first line and metrical form, and which IS sexual in theme. - RBW

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Recordings

References

  1. Greenleaf/Mansfield 125, "Jack was Ev'ry Inch a Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 40-41, "Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Doyle2, p. 13, "Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Doyle3, p. 33, "Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Blondahl, p. 56, "Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 84, "Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor" (1 text)
  7. DT, EVRYINCH
  8. Roud #4541
  9. BI, FJ040