“Row Boat (Ride About)”


"Row boat (or: "Ride About"), row, where shall I row?" The young man comes to Miss Mary's door and asks if she is in. She is, and the wedding is set for (the next day)


The editors of Brown claim that their texts are remnants of "Wallflowers." This is one of those unprovable things; what similarities they have are all floating elements. The "B" text in Brown, "Tommy Jones," has clearly been conflated with something else to make it a true, if somewhat incoherent, ballad -- but what that something else is I cannot tell. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 678, "Ride About, Ride About" (1 text plus a fragment, 1 tune; the "B" text is mixed with "Uncle John Is Sick Abed")
  2. BrownIII 73, "Row the Boat, Row the Boat" (2 texts plus a fragment)
  3. Roud #13080
  4. BI, R678


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1903 (Newell)
Found in: US(SE,So)