Girl I Left Behind Me (III), The

DESCRIPTION: The singer is bound for Baltimore but still thinks about "the girl I left behind me. My friends they sent me off for fear I'd wed a steam-loom weaver ... Sweet Helen, dear, tho' far from thee,Our hearts will ne'er be parted." He returns to Glasgow.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 19C (broadside, Murray Mu23-y1:050)
KEYWORDS: love emigration separation America
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BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Harding 2806 c.15(254), "Girl I Left Behind Me" ("Now for America I'm bound")," unknown, n.d.; also Harding B 26(215), "Girl I Left Behind Me"; Harding B 19(86), also "The Girl I Left Behind Me" ("Now I am bound for a foreign land"), W. Birmingham (Dublin), c.1867; also 2806 b.10(65), "The Girl I Left Behind Me" ("Now I am bound for a foreign land")
Murray, Mu23-y1:050, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" ("Now for America I'm bound"), James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C
NLScotland, L.C.1270(015), "The Girl I Left Behind Me" ("Now for America I'm bound"), unknown, c.1880

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (tune, per broadside Bodleian Harding B 26(215))
NOTES: The "Now I am bound for a foreign land" broadsides have the singer leave Bantry [Clonmel in Anderson, Farewell to Judges & Juries] rather than Glasgow, head for Sydney instead of Baltimore, and spend his exile in Van Diemen's Land, rather than America.
Broadside NLScotland L.C.1270(015) lacks the happy ending. - BS
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