“The Wonderful Crocodile”

Alternate titles: “The Rummy Crocodile”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1845 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(4288))
Keywords: animal talltale monster sailor
Found in: Australia Ireland US(MW,NE) Britain(England(South,Lond)) Canada(Mar,Ont)

Description

The singer, shipwrecked at (La Perouse), encounters the crocodile. He describes its immensity: Five hundred miles long, etc. Blown into its mouth, he lives well on the other things lost inside. At last the beast dies; the singer spends six months escaping

Notes

The similarity to "The Derby Ram" should be obvious. It is also noteworthy that most versions show very little variation; one must suspect a broadside ancestor somewhere. - RBW

Same tune

Cross references

Broadsides

References

  1. Meredith/Anderson, pp. 134-135, "The Wonderful Crocodile" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fowke/Mills/Blume, pp. 157-159, "The Crocodile" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Gardner/Chickering 196, "The Wonderful Crocodile" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. SHenry H231a, p. 28, "The Crocodile" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  5. Kennedy 292, "The Crocodile" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Flanders/Brown, pp. 168-170, "The Rummy Crocodile" (1 text, 1 tune)
  7. Creighton/Senior, pp. 230-232, "Crocodile Song" (1 text, probably this, 1 tune)
  8. Creighton-NovaScotia 60, "Crocodile Song" (1 text, 1 tune)
  9. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 498-500, "The Wonderful Crocodile" (1 text, 1 tune)
  10. DT, WONDCROC
  11. Roud #886
  12. BI, MA134