“Johnny the Sailor (Green Beds)”

Alternate titles: “Jack Tar”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1830 (broadside, Bodleian, Harding B 25(1124))
Keywords: sea money courting greed landlord sailor
Found in: Britain(England(South)) US(Ap,MW,NE,SE,So) Canada(Mar) Ireland

Description

Johnny comes from sea and asks the innkeeper for a bed and the chance to see her daughter (Molly). Neither is granted. He reveals that his last trip made him rich; the innkeeper offers him all he asked. He ignores the offer; he will go where he is wanted

Notes

Laws's numeration of the ballad subfamily known as "Jackson" is confused. In _Native American Balladry_ he lists it as an American song, with no known relatives, and numbers it as dH40. However, in _British Broadsides_, he lists it as a version of "Johnny the Sailor." The latter identification is clearly correct, even though Sandburg describes his text as a "survivor of the years of the War with Mexico." - RBW

Cross references

Broadsides

Recordings

References

  1. Laws K36, "Johnny the Sailor (Green Beds)"
  2. Belden, pp. 160-162, "Green Beds" (2 texts plus reference to 1 more)
  3. Randolph 53, "Johnny the Sailor" (3 texts plus 2 excerpts, 1 tune)
  4. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 70-72, "Johnny the Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 53A)
  5. Eddy 32, "The Green Bed" (1 text)
  6. Gardner/Chickering 24, "The Green Beds" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  7. Warner 49, "Captain John" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. BrownII 108, "Green Beds" (2 texts plus 2 excerpts and mention of 1 more)
  9. Hudson 42, pp. 156-158, "Young Johnny" (1 text)
  10. Brewster 31, "Young Johnny" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  11. Sandburg, pp. 430-431, "Jackson" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. SharpAp 58, "The Green Bed" (4 texts, 4 tunes)
  13. Vaughan Williams/Lloyd, pp. 48-49, "The Green Bed" (1 text, 1 tune)
  14. SHenry H779, p. 54, "The Sailor in the Alehouse" (1 text, 1 tune)
  15. JHCox 124, "Young Johnny" (1 text)
  16. Mackenzie 93, "Green Beds" (2 texts, 1 tune); "The Liverpool Landlady" (1 text, 1 tune)
  17. Silber-FSWB, p. 142, "Jackson" (1 text)
  18. DT 323, JACKBEDS* JACKBED2*
  19. Roud #276
  20. BI, LK36