I've Travelled This Country (Last Friday Evening)

DESCRIPTION: "I've traveled this country both early and late; Hard has been my fortune and sad has been my fate." He comes to his love's home and sees her with another man. He gets drunk and/or questions her and wishes he were a fisherman and could catch her
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1904 (Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety)
KEYWORDS: love betrayal drink
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Belden-BalladsSongsCollectedByMissourFolkloreSociety, p. 194, "Last Friday Evening" (1 text)
Scarborough-ASongCatcherInSouthernMountains, p. 333, "Lovely Polly" (1 text; tune on p. 447)
Lomax/Lomax-OurSingingCountry, pp. 143-144, "I've Rambled This Country Both Earlye and Late" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peters-FolkSongsOutOfWisconsin, p. 164, "Pretty Polly" (1 fragment, 1 tune -- a single verse characteristic of this song although similar things are found in other songs as well)

Roud #1795
cf. "Green Grows the Laurel (Green Grow the Lilacs)" (floating lyrics)
cf. "Farewell Ballymoney (Loving Hannah; Lovely Molly)" (floating lyrics)
cf. "If I Were a Fisher" (floating lyrics) and references there
File: Beld194

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