“Rosabella Fredolin”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1844
Keywords: foreignlanguage sailor courting rejection farewell hair drink
Found in: Sweden

Description

Sailor sings about his "greatest delight," a rope maker's daughter who betrayed him when he sailed away. She tore up his letters to use as hair curlers. When he hears of this he writes a farewell to her and adds mention of her drinking and smoking habits.

Long description

Sailor sings about his "greatest delight," a rope maker's daughter who betrayed him when he sailed away. She tore up his letters to use as hair curlers. When he hears of this he writes a farewell to her and adds mention of her drinking and smoking habits. This was often sung to the tune of "Ane Madam," a Swedish version of "Blow the Man Down."

Notes

Hugill took this from _Sang under Segel_ (1935) where the compiler (Sternvall) says that it came from a seaman's song-book dated 1844. - SL

Cross references

References

  1. Hugill, pp. 216-219, "Rosabella Fredolin" (2 texts-English & Swedish, 1 tune)
  2. BI, Hugi216