“The Boys of Virginia”


"Oh the boys of Virginia are brave roaring blades, Deceiving young maidens is part of their trade...." "I'll build you a castle on Virginia's free ground... And if anyone asks you whatever's my name, My name is Joe Thorpe, from Virginia I came"


This is so close to the "Boys of Kilkenny" that I thought of classifying it as a localized variant; Roud unsurprisingly lumps them. But it has some lyrics I have not seen in "Kilkenny" versions, and Randolph's text does not specify a tune, so I tentatively keep them separate. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Randolph 670, "The Boys of Virginia" (1 text)
  2. Roud #1451
  3. BI, R670


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1942 (Randolph)
Keywords: rake courting home parody
Found in: US(So)