“The Shirt and the Apron”


The sailor comes to shore and meets a girl who takes him to a dance, then to supper, then to bed. He awakens in the morning to find both his money and his clothes gone. He is forced to return to his ship in women's clothing -- to the amusement of the crew

Cross references


  1. Laws K42, "The Shirt and the Apron"
  2. Leyden 31, "The Sailor's Hornpipe in Caxon Street" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Greenleaf/Mansfield 112, "The Shirt and the Apron" (1 text)
  4. Creighton-NovaScotia 105, "Barrack Street" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Hugill, pp. 376-377, "Jack-All-Alone" (1 text) [AbEd, pp. 283-285 as "The New York Gals"]
  6. JHJohnson, pp. 70-71, "The Shirt and the Apron" (1 text)
  7. DT 418, PETERST
  8. Roud #1902
  9. BI, LK42


Alternate titles: “Jack-All-Alone”; “Peter Street”; “The Shift and the Apron”; “Patrick Street”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: c.1890-1918 (J Nicholson ballad sheet, according to Leyden); 1929 (Greenleaf/Mansfield)
Found in: Canada(Mar,Newf)