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Jack was a sailor on board a whaler

Caroline Brennan

Jack was a sailor on board a whaler / Caroline Brennan

Jack was a sailor on board a whaler, song (Jack was a sailor on board of a whaler ...) This children’s son features a sailor named Jack. A friend asks him to pay a debt, and Jack responds, “You’ll have to wait till my ship comes in.” When Jack later survives a shipwreck and his friend makes the same demand, Jack gives the same excuse.  Though the song follows a standard verse-and-refrain form, the metric structure of the song is somewhat unusual: verses are sung in triple metre and choruses are in duple metre, matching shifts in the narration from third to first person.

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This is east

Frankie Nash

This is east / Frankie Nash

This is east, song (This east and this west; soon I’ll learn to say the rest …) This short children’s song is told from the perspective of a ten-year-old, bragging about all of the things he’s learned.  Frankie Nash learned this song for a school concert when he was only ten years old. He claimed that Aidan O’Hara was the first person outside of Branch to hear it.

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Thomas Trim

Gerald Campbell

Thomas Trim / Gerald Campbell

I'm Thomas Trim, song (I’m Thomas Trim a swell young man …) Gerald Campbell learned this song from his father, Henry Campbell. Henry Campbell sang “Thomas Trim” in a school concert around 1910. The song describes a young dandy going on promenade to show off his finery

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Transcript of 'This is east' as sung by Frankie Nash / Aidan O'Hara

This is east, song (This is east and this is west, soon I learned to say the rest …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of 'Thomas Trim' as sung by Gerald Campbell / Aidan O'Hara

Thomas Trim, song (I’m Thomas Trim a swell young man …) A typed transcript based on Aidan O'Hara's field recording, with annotations and corrections by the collector.

Transcript of 'Wait till my ship comes in' [Jack was a sailor] / Caroline Brennan

Jack was a sailor, song (Jack was a sailor on board of a whaler …) A handwritten transcript of 'Jack was a sailor onboard a whaler.' The source of the transcript is not specified. This may have come from Caroline Brennan; in several of Aidan O'Hara's field recordings Caroline promises to write out the words for her songs.