“The Jolly Raftsman O”


"I am sixteen, I do confess, I'm sure I am no older O, I place my mind, it never shall move, It's on a jolly raftsman, O." She praises his work and calls him "brave as Alexander," though someone (her mother?) wants her to marry a freeholder


No particular storyline here, a short (three verses) love song wherein the singer repeatedly states her conviction to wait for and marry her jolly raftsman. [Fowke's source was] Mrs. A. Fraser of Lancaster, Ontario, who said she learned it from her mother. - RBW


  1. Fowke-Lumbering #58, "The Jolly Raftsman O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/MacMillan 51, "The Jolly Raftsman O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Roud #2318
  4. BI, FowL58


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1961 (Fowke)
Found in: Canada(Ont)