False Young Man, The (The Rose in the Garden, As I Walked Out)

DESCRIPTION: The young man greets the girl after a long separation and asks her to sit down with him. She will not; "You've given your heart to another one...." She remembers his strange oaths, and says young men will prove true when fish fly like birds.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1908 (collected by Olive Dame Campbell; in SharpAp); +1876 (Christie, _Traditional Ballad Airs I_)
KEYWORDS: love courting separation infidelity lie rejection lyric
FOUND IN: Canada(Ont) Britain(England(Lond,South),Scotland) Ireland US(Ap,MA,SE,So)
REFERENCES (17 citations):
BrownII 83, "As I Stepped Out Last Sunday Morning" (2 texts); 162, "The One Forsaken" (1 text, entirely of floating lyrics, but some of them, and the theme, are this song)
Korson-PennLegends, p. 29, "The Cottage Door" (1 text, 1 tune)
OShaughnessy-Yellowbelly2 51, "T Stands for Thomas" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ord, p. 174, "The Fause Young Man" (1 text)
OLochlainn-More 8, "The Verdant Braes of Skreen" (1 text, 1 tune)
McBride 2, "As I Roved Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
SharpAp 94, "The False Young Man" (10 texts, 10 tunes)
Scarborough-SongCatcher, p. 41, "Come Along, My Own True Love" (1 text, with a first verse that might have floated in from "Young Hunting" or the like); pp. 270-272, "The False Young Man" (3 short texts plus an excerpt, with local titles "Come Along, My Own True Love," "Set You Down, My Own True Love," "As I Walked Out One May Morning"; 1 tune on p. 428 )
Fowke-Ontario 15, "The False Young Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/Johnston, pp. 166-168, "The False Young Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wyman-Brockway II, p. 50, "As I Walked Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, pp. 58-59, "As I Walked Out on a Fair May Morning" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wiltshire-WSRO Wt 342, "T Stands for Thomas" (1 text)
Kennedy 153, "The False Young Man" (1 text, 1 tune)
SHenry H593, pp. 389-390, "My Love John" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hayward-Ulster, pp. 41-42, "The Verdant Braes o' Skreen" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: W. Christie, editor, Traditional Ballad Airs (Edinburgh, 1876 (downloadable pdf by University of Edinburgh, 2007)), Vol I, pp. 198-199, "The Fause Young Man" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST FJ166 (Partial)
Roud #419
RECORDINGS:
Frank & Francis McPeake, "The False Young Man" (on FSB1)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "False, False Hae Ye Been To Me, My Love" (theme)
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Johnny's The Lad I Love
White Oak Mountain
Rocky Mountain Side
NOTES: In America, this has become almost purely lyric (consider "White Oak Mountain":
"I will never believe a young man any more
Let his eyes be blue, black, or brown
Save he were on the top of a high gallows tree
A-swearing he wished to come down!") -- so much so that I originally classified the versions separately. But there are enough intermediate forms to prove identity.
The song also mixes somewhat with "Foggy Mountain Top," itself a largely mixed and incoherent piece. Short lyric texts might perhaps go with either. - RBW
Also see Planxty, "'P' Stands for Paddy, I Suppose" (on Planxty, "Cold Blow on the Rainy Night," Shanachie 79011 (1979)) - BS
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