“Youghall Harbour (II)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1825 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 28(20))
Keywords: seduction virginity rake
Found in: Ireland

Description

The singer meets a girl like "the Queen of May." He seduces her after going "to a director" when she insists on "performance." But he values "neither Priest nor Deacon nor yet yon fair maid of Capperquin" and gains "the maiden flower of this silly female"

Notes

Listening to a traditional version on IRRCinnamond03, which is very close to broadside Bodleian Harding B 28(20) "Youghall Harbour," finally convinced me that this should be yet another "Youghall Hartbour" ballad (linked, as it is, by Roud to two others). This seems a much more likely prequel than "Youghall Harbour(I)" to "Answer to Youghal Harbour"; note that Armstrong printed both "Youghall Harbour (II)" and "Answer to Youghall Harbour" on the same sheet. - BS

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Roud #2734
  2. BI, RcYoHa02