Teddy O'Neill

DESCRIPTION: The singer has a dreadful dream of Teddy courting another girl. She recalls where they used to meet. They cannot meet now; he has gone across the sea to seek his fortune. She would rather he were still present, even if poor
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1867 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(3747))
KEYWORDS: love courting separation emigration poverty dream
FOUND IN: Ireland Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
O'Conor, p. 14, "Teddy O'Neal" (1 text)
Wiltshire-WSRO Mi 718, "Teddy O'Neill" (1 text)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #2287, p. 154, "Teddy O'Neale" (1 reference)

Roud #5207
Bodleian, Harding B 11(3747), "Teddy O'Neale", J. Harkness (Preston)), 1840-1866; also Firth c.22(91), Harding B 11(3645), "Teddy O'Neale"; Firth b.28(6a/b) View 6 of 8, "Teddy O'Neal"; also 2806 c.15(168), Harding B 19(30), "Teddy O'Neile"
cf. "Maggie of Coleraine" (tune)
cf. "The Girls of Coleraine" (tune)
Maggie of Coleraine (File: HHH657)
The Girls of Coleraine (File: HHH064)
NOTES [87 words]: The Bodleian broadsides reverse the first two verses so that the first line is "I went to the cabin ..." and the second verse begins "I dreamt but last night ..." - BS
Edwin Wolf 2nd, American Song Sheets, Slip Ballads, and Political Broadsides 1850-1870, Library Company of Philadelphia, 1963, p. 154, lists an early broadside published by Wrigley where the first line is "I've come to the cabin he danced his wee jigs in." Thus there seems to have been a lot of variety in the form of the song from a very early date. - RBW
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