“Young Billy Crane”

Author: Larry Gorman
Earliest date: 1940
Keywords: courting betrayal separation lament cross-dressing travel
Found in: Canada(Mar)


The singer, "Nellie Harrison," is betrayed by "Cubit's" arrow and a handsome young man named Billy Crane. She describes how he courted her then went to sea. She declares she will dress in men's clothes and follow her love


Said to have been inspired by real people, though the names have been changed. The original Nellie Harrison is said to have remained single her whole life.

This song is item dH46 in Laws's Appendix II. - RBW


  1. Doerflinger, pp. 259-260, "Young Billy Crane" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #4164
  3. BI, Doe259