Long Ways from Home

DESCRIPTION: "One morning, one morning, one morning in spring," the singer meets a girl who says, "I'm a poor lost girl and a long ways from home." She left father and mother weeping to follow her girl. She will build a on a mountain. She warns against men
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1950 (Arnold)
KEYWORDS: love separation father mother travel warning
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Arnold, pp. 48-49, "Long Ways from Home" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roud #259
NOTES: What a mess.... I think every word of this is paralleled in other songs. But it's so massively composite that it's truly impossible to say what it is a version of. So I call it its own song, not because it really exists independently but because it so obviously doesn't! Roud files it as #259, which is both "Rye Whiskley"/"Jack of Diamonds" (which is probably where I would file this if I had to file it with an existing song -- except that there is no drink in it) and "The Rebel Soldier." - RBW
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