“The Maid on the Shore (The Fair Maid by the Sea Shore; The Sea Captain)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1859 (Journal from the Ocean Rover)
Keywords: courting seduction trick escape robbery magic shore feminist
Found in: US(MA,NE,NW,So,SW) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland

Description

The captain sees a pretty girl on the shore, and vigorously entreats her to come aboard. At last she does, but then sings captain and sailors to sleep. She robs captain and sailors, then rows back to shore -- using the captain's sword for an oar!

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References

  1. Laws K27, "The Maid on the Shore (The Fair Maid by the Sea Shore; The Sea Captain)"
  2. Bronson (43), "The Broomfield Hill" -- the appendix includes 6 versions (#25-#30) which are this song
  3. Belden, pp. 107-109, "The Maid on the Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Leach, pp. 731-732, "The Fair Maid by the Sea Shore" (1 text)
  5. Friedman, p. 403, "The Sea Captain" (1 text)
  6. Greenleaf/Mansfield 28, "The Maiden who Dwelt by the Shore" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #29}
  7. Peacock, pp. 296-297, "The Maid on the Shore O" (1 text, 1 tune)
  8. Karpeles-Newfoundland 28, "The Sea Captain" (3 texts, 3 tunes) {Bronson's #27, #30}
  9. Fowke/Johnston, pp. 158-159, "The Maid on the Shore (The Sea Captain)" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #29, perhaps slightly modified}
  10. Creighton-Maritime, p. 41, "The Sea Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  11. Creighton-SNewBrunswick 49, "The Sea Captain" (1 text, 1 tune)
  12. Mackenzie 19, "The Sea Captain" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  13. FSCatskills 75, "The Maid on the Shore" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
  14. Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 136-137, "The Maid on the Shore" (1 text, 1 tune)
  15. Lomax-FSNA 73, "The Maid on the Shore" (1 text, 1 tune) {Bronson's #29}
  16. DT 322 (43?), MAIDSHOR* MAIDSHR2*
  17. Roud #181
  18. BI, LK27