Lovely Derry On The Banks Of The Foyle
DESCRIPTION: "Cruel misfortune" forces the singer to leave Derry and Mary for the sea. Her letter asks him to return and marry. He will return "when I make a fortune ... I will build her a mansion"
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: love marriage return reunion separation travel beauty money sea Ireland lover sailor
FOUND IN: Ireland Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Charlie McGonigle, "Lovely Derry On The Banks Of The Foyle." Recording with text. ITMA Reference Number 467-ITMA-MP3 accessed 22 February 2017 at http://www.itma.ie/digitallibrary/sound/
Jack Knight, "There's a Dear Spot" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
NOTES: Jack Knight sings "Londonderry on the banks of the Nile." Londonderry -- "lovely Derry" -- is on the banks of the River Foyle. His version does not have the letter or commitment to make a fortune. He says that he has seen distant countries and has "tread on foreign soil" Now he'll "leave ye shipmates... resign the sea" and go home to marry Mary, "the pride of Londonderry." - BS
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