Swan (II), The
DESCRIPTION: Returning from Wexford the singer sees a girl "like a swan that floats o'er the ocean" who "often grieved my poor heart." She rejects his marriage proposal because "I've been promised ten years or more" to Reilly "in a foreign country"
EARLIEST DATE: 1955 (Creighton-Maritime)
KEYWORDS: courting rejection
FOUND IN: Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Creighton-Maritime, p. 75, "The Swan" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [24 words]: Is this just a shortened version of "John (George) Riley" (II) [Laws N37], or some similar ballad? Or is this a mangled ballad of a swan-maiden? - BS
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