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1st Ballad - Roud Number: V3375

Title: The life of a sailor

First Line: I'm belonging to the Glory, she's a spanking clipper too

Tune: The Admiral

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Adams, W.J.

Notes:  Verse and prose

Themes:  Naval


2nd Ballad - Roud Number: V20857

Title: Free and easy

First Line: Gentlemen and ladies too

Tune: Mrs. Johnson

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Critchfield, M.

Themes:  WealthSocial status


3rd Ballad - Roud Number: V4943

Title: A girl that's rather fast

First Line: When in fashion I've my muster past

Tune: Cigars and cognac

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Fitzwalet, Miss

Themes:  Drinking - womenWomen


4th Ballad - Roud Number: V34896

Title: The battle field

First Line: By the lone watch fires of the night

Tune: On to the charge

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Garman, G., Mr.

Themes:  Military


5th Ballad

Title: The positive and comparative

First Line: Few things are so positive put [sic] what we ean [sic] compare

Tune: Balooning

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Critchfield, W.

Notes:  Verse and prose

Themes:  Philosophy


6th Ballad - Roud Number: V10092

Title: To live by the sweat of his brow

First Line: Some folks boast of high birth and position

Tune: Mal Brook

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Themes:  Social statusWorking class


7th Ballad - Roud Number: V6275

Title: Parody on Ever of thee

First Line: Gatter, of thee I'm ever fondly dreaming

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Adams, W.J.

Themes:  Drinking


8th Ballad - Roud Number: V32347

Title: As broad as it is long

First Line: Your sarvant, kind folk, dinna on me look down

Tune: Ge wo, Dobbing

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Themes:  Countryman in London


9th Ballad - Roud Number: V13369

Title: His tail kept wagging. A Parody on Wait for the waggon

First Line: I had a little cunning dog, a prettier you'd not see

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Adams, W.J.

Themes:  Dogs


10th Ballad

Title: The queen's speech

First Line: Tho' I'm no great M.P., I've still got a seat

Tune: Derry Down

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Adams, W.J.

Themes:  Politics and government - 19th century


11th Ballad - Roud Number: V34807

Title: The Gaberlunzy man

First Line: Ane night we round the ingle sat

Tune: John Highland man

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Subjects:  Scotland


12th Ballad - Roud Number: V4941

Title: They say I'm rather slow

First Line: I've come to ask a question, I hope I don't intrude

Tune: Do you think he did?

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Fitzwilliam, Miss

Themes:  WomenSeduction


13th Ballad - Roud Number: V13053

Title: Encore to Pet of the village

First Line: Ye lasses of me need no longer be jealous

Tune: Jenny Jones

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Themes:  Women


14th Ballad - Roud Number: V29567

Title: The pleasure of dancing

First Line: I dearly delight to see folks merry around

Tune: To the fields I carry my milking pails

Authors:  Ramsay, Thomas

Performers:  Clark, Kate

Themes:  Women


15th Ballad

Title: The Victoria cross

First Line: The Victoria cross is retail'd, of which a short tale I shall make

Tune: What do you lay it's a lie

Themes:  Politics and government - 19th centuryVictoria cross, military decoration


Illustration

IconClass Codes:
45D323: Sailor
44A3(+2)(GREAT BRITAIN): Flag, colours (as symbol of the state, etc.) (+ nation; national)
45C13(SWORD)(+1): Hacking and thrusting weapons: sword (+ during the battle)
45C16(CANNON): Firearms: cannon
46C215(DECK): Parts of ship's exterior (with NAME)
45H3(+3): Battle (+ naval force)





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