Background Info: Jack-A-Roe
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Jack-A-Roe (Background Info)
- From "World Gone Wrong, More About The Songs" by John Way ("The Telegraph" #47):
- The title, "Jack-A-Roe", is a corruption of Jack Monroe
(or Monroe), which is one of the early names given to the
Irish/Scottish song which gave rise to the Southern mountain ballad
that Dylan sings here. This is yet another song learned from Tom
Paley, and presumably the tune too, which is incidentally the same
one as sung by Joan Baez on the 1963 album "In Concert, Part 2."
The lyric is more or less a composite of two versions collected by
Cecil Sharp under the title "Jack Went A-Sailing". The first is
from a Mrs. Combs in Kentucky in August 1908, the version which is
the source of the anomaly between the sailor boy's name - Jacky
Frasier - and the heroine's "nom de guerre" Jackaroe. The second
is from a Miss MacKinney in Georgia in May 1910.
- Also known as "Jackaroe," "Jack Munro," "Jack Monroe," & "Jackie Monroe"
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