Mary on the Banks of the Lee
DESCRIPTION: Before the singer leaves Mary to go on the ocean he warns her her not to stay out late on the moors. He writes her a letter but recieves no reply. He returns and brings roses to place on her grave.
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (IRPTunney01)
KEYWORDS: love warning separation death flowers
FOUND IN: Ireland Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
OCanainn, p. 56, "The Banks of the Lee" (1 text, 1 tune)
Paddy Tunney, "Mary on the Banks of the Lee" (on IRPTunney01)
Sheila Stewart, "The Banks of the Lee" (on SCStewartsBlair01)
NOTES: The description is from the text of "Lovely Banks of Lea" on "Oak - Country Songs and Music," Musical Traditions Record MTCD327-8 (2003) sung by Peta Webb, apparently following the text from Mary Connors. It is longer than Paddy Tunney's. - BS
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