The Unfortunate Rake

The Unfortunate Rake

Various Artists FW03805 / FS 3805

The story is basically this: a soldier is dying, evidently of venereal disease he contracted from a young woman, and he requests a funeral. Hear how this story has been spun over centuries into a whole collection of similarly themed songs, the earliest possibly dating to 1790. In this recording we are essentially witnessing the evolution of the Anglo-Saxon ballad tradition.

Year Released 1960
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1960 Folkways Records
Genre(s) American Folk; Struggle & Protest
Country(s) United Kingdom
Culture Group(s) Anglo-American; Scottish
Instrument(s) Banjo; Concertina; Guitar
Subject(s) Ballads; Blues; Cowboys--Songs and music; Folk songs--United States; Logging--Songs and music.; Love songs; Maritime; Military music; Mining--Songs and music; Music--British Isles; Occupational; Protest songs; Sports; Topical songs; Tragic songs; Wit and humor; Working class--Songs and music; World music

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101 The Unfortunate Rake A. L. Lloyd and Alf Edwards 2:59
102 The Trooper Cut Down in His Prime Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger 4:30
103 The Young Sailor Cut Down in His Prime Harry Cox 1:57
104 Noo I'm a Young Man Cut Down in My Prime Willie Mathieson 2:17
105 The Bad Girl's Lament Wade Hemsworth 2:49
106 One Morning in May Hally Wood 2:36
107 Bright Summer Morning Viola Penn 2:24
108 The Girl in the Dilger Case D. K. Wilgus 1:08
109 The Cowboy's Lament Bruce Buckley 2:39
110 Streets of Laredo Harry Jackson 4:59
201 St. James Hospital Alan Lomax 3:33
202 Gambler's Blues Dave Van Ronk 2:44
203 I Once Was a Carman - I Once Was a Carman in the Big Mountain Con Guthrie T. "Gus" Meade 1:12
204 The Lineman's Hymn Rosalie Sorrels 1:49
205 The Wild Lumberjack Kenneth S. Goldstein 1:51
206 A Sun Valley Song Jan Brunvand and Ellen Stekert 1:28
207 The Ballad of Bloody Thursday John Greenway 3:44
208 Streets of Hamtramck Bill Friedland, Mark Newman, and Morris Howarth 2:23
209 The Ballad of Sherman Wu Pete Seeger 2:07
210 The Professor's Lament Roger Abrahams 3:25
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