“Poor Old Robinson Crusoe”


"When I was a lad, my fortune was bad, My grandfather I did lose." As in the book, he, Robinson Crusoe, is shipwrecked, lands on an island with gun and sword. He builds a hut, lives there with Friday, until he is rescued by a passing ship.


_Robinson Crusoe_ was written by Daniel Dafoe and published in 1719. [Based loosely on the actual adventures of a sailor named Alexander Selkirk. - RBW]

The source for the description is broadside Bodleian Harding B 28(66).

Broadside LOCSinging sb40455b: H. De Marsan dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS


  • Bodleian, Harding B 28(66), "Robinson Crusoe," W. Armstrong (Liverpool), 1820-1824; also Harding B 28(66), "Robinson Crusoe"; Johnson Ballads 2559, "Life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe"
  • LOCSinging, sb40455b, "Robinson Crusoe," H. De Marsan (New York), 1864-1878; also as203020, as111820, "Robinson Crusoe"


  1. Opie-Oxford2 455, "Poor old Robinson Crusoe!" (2 texts)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #216, p. 146, "(Poor old Robinson Crusoe)"
  3. BI, OO2455


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1797 (Oh poor Robinson Crusoe sheet music, according to Opie-Oxford2)
Keywords: rescue sea ship wreck