Moving love story between a damsel and a ploughboy, realizing quite clearly he'd be sent to war by some press gang once her parents would hear about their romance . Sure enough. Versions of this popular tune circulate all over England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the US since Napoleon. Peter Kennedy recording released in the Portrait Series of the Alan Lomax Collection.
Mary Ann Galpin [on New Foundland]
Chumbawamba [and they sent him to the wars to be slain to be slain-sample in Jacob's Ladder (Not In My Name), grooving along Bert Jansch's guitar tune Anji (see: Angi); Moby makes school]
Bruce Molsky [as The Simple Ploughboy; American variation; Cecil Sharp collected local versions as early as 1916]
Bill Whaley & Dave Fletcher [on cd Song Links 2]
Eliza Carthy [on Anglicana]
Tim Van Eyken [And they sent him to the wars to be slain-verse in Learning To Plough on the st of National Theatre stage production WarHorse]