“The Bonny Laboring Boy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1860 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(2525))
Keywords: love prison exile escape emigration
Found in: US(MA,MW) Canada(Mar,Newf,Ont) Britain(England(South)) Ireland

Description

A rich girl loves a working boy. Her parents try to prevent the marriage by locking up the girl and exiling the boy. Both manage to escape; they flee to Belfast and prepare to take ship for America

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Recordings

References

  1. Laws M14, "The Bonny Labouring Boy"
  2. FSCatskills 52, "The Bonny Laboring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 66, "The Bonny Laboring Boy" (1 text)
  4. Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 200-202, "The Railroad Boy" (1 text, 1 tune -- a Canadian adaption which has lost most of the plot, including the girl's imprisonment and the escape to America, but which retains so many of the lyrics that it can still be considered the same song)
  5. Fowke/MacMillan 69, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. SHenry H576, pp. 435-436, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Peacock, pp. 564-565, "My Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Karpeles-Newfoundland 69, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. O'Conor, pp. 84-85, "My Bonny Laboring Boy" (1 text)
  10. OLochlainn 9, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Kennedy 147, "The Bonny Labouring Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. DT 433, LABORBOY* LABORBO2
  13. Roud #1162
  14. BI, LM14