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2. And when this ram was killed, sir, It lost so very much blood,
That five and twenty sailor boys Were carried away in the flood. Chorus
3. The man who owned this ram, sir, He must have been very rjch;
And the man who sings about the ram Is a lying son-of-a-bitch. Chorus
See Journal^ XVII, 91. Mr. Barry sent the following comment on the name as it appears in this version of the song: "The curious form of the name John De Troy seems to be rather characteristic of southern singers. There was a very famous Negro evangelist, known all over the South, by name John Bull, who, I am informed by Mr. Robert Gordon, was always called John De Bull. The extra syllable might be a mere musical interpolation, such as Sharp found so common in English folk-singing, singers would say 'As I was taw-de-lking' (talking), to avoid singing one syllable to two notes. Or it may be only for 'the', as 'the' Percy, 'the' Douglas. One often heard 'the' Sullivan, or 'the' MacManus, in the days of the glory of the Irish ward boss. 'See the Sullivan, if you want a job.'"
"Song of a Hero." Obtained from Miss Rachel Tucker, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harmon, Varnell, Georgia.
1. Come, all of you young heroes And highways of the land. Who wants to live in prison And die a convict man ?
2.1 tell to you a story
Of the most badest boy: The country knew him
By the name of John Detroy.

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