“Jack and Tom”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1900 (Stokoe/Reay)
Keywords: drink sailor death
Found in: Britain(England(North))

Description

"I'm a North-countrie man, in Redesdale born... And two such lads to my house never com' As them two lads called Jack and Tom." The two decide to set out to sea. They visit various inns along the way. But both die overseas

Supplemental text

Jack and Tom
  Partial text(s)

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From Stokoe/Reay, Songs and Ballads of Northern England, pp. 125-126.

I'm a North-countrie man, in Redesdale born,
Where our land lies lea and grows ne corn --
And two such lads to my house never com',
As them two lads called Jack and Tom.

They mounted their horses and rode over the moor
Till they came to a house, where they rapped at the door'
"D'ye brew onyale? d'ye sell ony beer?
Or have ye only lodgings for strangers here?"

(Stanzas 1, 3 of 9 [stanza 8 having 6 lines])

References

  1. Stokoe/Reay, pp. 126-127, "Jack and Tom" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. ST StoR126 (Partial)
  3. Roud #3157
  4. BI, StoR126