“The Little Cabin Boy”


A fair lady falls in love with Billy, a cabin boy. She tries to convince his captain to release him, but the captain will not. She bids him farewell, goes into a garden, and dies for love. Billy's ship is lost in a storm with all hands

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Little Cabin Boy, The
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From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs
of the Catskills, #56, pp. 214-215. From the singing of George Edwards.

'Tis of a lady so gay
And possessed of beauty bright,
All for the sake of a little cabin boy
She forsaked both lords and knights.

Away unto Billy she goes,
"Billy, coo!" cried she,
"My affections, they are so great,
My mind is fixed on thee."

(11 additional stanzas)


  1. FSCatskills 56, "The Little Cabin Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Smith/Hatt, p. 83, "The Cabin Boy" (1 text)
  3. ST FSC056 (Partial)
  4. Roud #1168
  5. BI, FSC056


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1876
Found in: US(MA) Britain(Scotland,England(South)) Canada(Mar)