“The Saucy Sailor (Jack and Jolly Tar II)”


Jack the sailor admits his poverty to a girl, who scorns him and refuses his offer of marriage. He pulls out a handful of money and offers it to her; she instantly changes her mind. But Jack turns the tables; he has no need for a poor country girl

Cross references


  • Bodleian, Firth c.12(333), "Saucy Sailor Boy," E.M.A. Hodges (London), 1846-1854; also Harding B 11(3429), Firth c.13(252), Firth c.13(253), Firth c.12(331), Harding B 16(244a), Firth b.26(245), Firth c.13(197), "Saucy Sailor Boy"


  • Johnny Doughty, "Come My Own One, Come My Fond One" (on Voice02)


  1. Laws K38, "Saucy Sailor, The (Jack and Jolly Tar II)"
  2. Doerflinger, pp. 294-295, "Jack Tar" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Hugill, pp. 461-462, "The Saucy Sailor Boy" (1 text, 1 tune) [AbEd, pp. 343-344]
  4. SharpAp 168, "The Saucy Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Sharp-100E 45, "The Saucy Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. JHCox 123, "The Jack of Tar" ( text)
  7. Flanders/Brown, pp. 151-152, "The Tar-ry Sailor" (1 text)
  8. Creighton/Senior, pp. 202-203, "Saucy Sailor" (2 texts plus 1 excerpt, 2 tunes)
  9. Peacock, pp. 316-317, "Tarry Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. Karpeles-Newfoundland 62, "The Saucy Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Roud #531
  13. BI, LK38


Alternate titles: “The Saucy Jack Tar”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1781 (broadside)
Keywords: poverty courting money
Found in: US(Ap,NE,SE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(England(Lond,South,West))