Song about a local man 'joining up' in the wake of Nelson's victory at Trafalgar.
During this time volunteer regiments were raised at Newcastle, Durham, Sunderland, North Shields and Tynemouth. Within a few months of the declaration of war the troops at Tynemouth barracks cordoned off North Shields while the press-gangs from warships in the harbour rounded up sailors and labourers from every occupation. Broadsheets similar to this would have been distributed nationally to rally support for the war and promote anti-French feeling.
Songs about the victory at Trafalgar were particularly popular in Newcastle as Nelson's second in command during the battle was Newcastle born Lord Collingwood. Collingwood is mentioned several times in this song. A monument to Lord Collingwood was erected at Tynemouth, and still stands as a celebration of his victory.
The language used in this song would indicate that it was intended to poke fun at 'country folk'. This song is part of the John Bell Collection.