The Waggoner's Lad

'The Waggoner's Lad' is a traditional English folk ballad, original writers unknown. The earliest known recording dates to 1928, with published sheet music dating to 1907. 


The lyrics refer to a young woman is courted by a waggoner's lad. Her parents don't like him because he is poor; he tells her he is self-supporting and not ashamed. He tells her he is leaving; she then asks him to linger with him, but he refuses. She laments a woman's hard fortune.

'The Waggoner's Lad' influenced many non-ballad songs, of which 'On Top of Old Smokey' is the best known. Others include 'Texas Cowboy', 'Rye Whiskey',and 'Farewell, Sweet Mary'.

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