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The Roving Blade

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"The Newry Highwayman" was on one of the Johnstons first albums. Paul Brady was one of the group. Later he went on to develop a fantastic version of the song, basically made it his own as he made "Arthur McBride" and "Lakes of Pontchartrain" his own. Dylan sang the song The Newry one in Belfast on 19 June 1998, mumbling something about believing "it was from round here". It was to my ears Brady's version. [2]


"The Wild and Wicked Youth" entry from Ballad Index:

DESCRIPTION:
The singer recounts his (boyhood and) life, telling of his many daring robberies. Now, alas, he is condemned to die, and must leave his family. He concludes with directions for his funeral
AUTHOR:
unknown
EARLIEST DATE:
1891
KEYWORDS:
outlaw farewell execution
FOUND IN:
US(Ap,SE,So) Britain(England,Scotland) Ireland
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Laws L12, "The Rambling Boy (Wild and Wicked Youth)"
Randolph 148, "The Rambling Boy" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Warner 101, "The Rambling Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sharp-100E 83, "The Robber" (1 text, 1 tune)
Combs/Wilgus #90, pp. 184-185, "The Rich and Rambling Boy" (1 text)
Kennedy 326, "Newlyn Town" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 423, (RAKERAMB*)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Salisbury Plain" (theme)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
The Newry Highwayman




[1] from Folk Music Index
[2] contributed by Sean O'hogain