She's Like the Swallow

DESCRIPTION: "She's like a swallow that flies so high, She's like a river that never runs dry, She's like the sunshine on the lee shore, I love my love and love is no more." A lament for a lost girl: "She laid her down, no word she spoke, until [her] heart was broke"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1930 (Karpeles-Newfoundland)
KEYWORDS: death separation loneliness
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf,Ont)
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Peacock, pp. 711-714, "She's Like the Swallow" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Fowke/Johnston, pp. 140-141, "She's Like the Swallow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/MacMillan 63, "She's Like the Swallow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Karpeles-Newfoundland 83, "She's Like the Swallow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke-Ontario 57, "She's Like a Swallow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Blondahl, p. 120, "She's Like the Swallow" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 150, "She's Like The Swallow" (1 text)
DT, SWLLOW*

Roud #2306
RECORDINGS:
Anita Best and Pamela Morgan, "She's Like the Swallow" (on NFABestPMorgan01)
Omar Blondahl, "She's Like the Swallow" (on NFOBlondahl05)

NOTES: Fowke observes, "The lines suggest an English origin, and probably they formed part of a longer song [perhaps similar to "The Butcher Boy"?], but the years have polished the fragment that survives until it approaches perfection." - RBW
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File: FJ140

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