“Here's Adieu to All Judges and Juries”


"Here's adieu to all judges and juries, Justice and Old Bailey too; Seven years you've transported my true love, Seven years he's transported you know." The singer wishes he had wings of an eagle to return to Polly. He vows to be rich if he ever returns


This may well be the piece from which the music hall song "Botany Bay" arose. The earliest broadsides are dated c. 1815. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Fahey-Eureka, pp. 34-35, "Here's Adieu to All Judges and Juries" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 346-351, "New Jail/Prisoner's Song/Here's Adieu to all Judges and Juries" (1, not collected by Scarborough, of "Judges and Juries," plus 6 texts from her collections)
  3. Roud #300
  4. BI, FaE034


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1967