“I Am a Wild Young Irish Boy”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959
Keywords: sailor outlaw fight escape death
Found in: US(MA) Australia


The Irish convict, trained as a sailor, flees the farm where he has been sent. He turns outlaw, but never robs the poor or kills without cause. Trapped by the police, he kills five and escapes. Only when he is dying does he let the police be tipped off


  1. Laws L19, "I Am a Wild Young Irish Boy"
  2. Doerflinger, pp. 270-272, "I Am a Wild Young Irish Boy' (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT 573, YNGIRSHB
  4. Roud #1907
  5. BI, LL19