Lad That's Far Awa, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer's sweetheart is a sailor "banished by the law To go owre the seas and far awa." Her mother wants her "to marry a man of high degree." She imagines him returned and will not forsake him for "rings, jewels and 'a." In one version he does return
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1876 (Christie)
KEYWORDS: love return separation transportation mother sailor money exile
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Greig #129, pp. 1-2, "The Lad That's Far Awa'" (1 text)
GreigDuncan1 61, "The Lad That's Far Awa" (2 texts)
ADDITIONAL: W. Christie, editor, Traditional Ballad Airs (Edinburgh, 1876 (downloadable pdf by University of Edinburgh, 2007)), Vol I, pp. 12-13, "I Love Him Still Though He's Far Awa'" (1 tune)

Roud #5812
cf. "Mine Ain Love" (theme)
Sailor Lad
NOTES [22 words]: Christie's text has enough lines in common with the GreigDuncan texts to show that the song itself existed in some form in 1876. - BS
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