Search the Collection
Advanced Search

The sailor's complaint

Date: c 1735
Overall: 337 x 212 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Sheet music
Object No: 00036383

User Terms

    This sheet music with a maritime theme depicts a woman with a basket, greeting a sailor who has just arrived in a naval frigate. Ballads about sailors often centred on themes of romance and jilted love. Ships were an everyday part of society in the 19th century and for many people tales of maritime life would have been of interest and relevance to their daily life.
    Significance'The Sailors Complaint' represents the popularity of sheet music depicting maritime scenes and events in the 18th century.
    HistorySheet music offers an insight into popular culture and social values at the time of their production. The widely distributed pieces were sold fairly cheaply, making them popular purchases with the general public. Music was an integral part of people's social life in the home and at public events such as balls, recitals, concerts and theatre shows.

    The lfirst of six stanzas in 'The Sailors Complaint' are;

    Come and listen to my ditty,
    All ye jolly hearts of gold;
    Lend a brother tarr you pity,
    Who was once so stout & bold.
    But the arrows of Cupid,
    Alas! have made me rue;
    Sure, true love was ne'er so treated,
    As I am by scornful Sue.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: The sailor's complaint

    Primary title: The sailor's complaint

    Related People

    Discuss this Object


    Please log in to add a comment.