Pains o' Love, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer is wounded by love and tortured "like to a salamander." He will wander aimlessly until "the maid whom I adore ... grants me my designing"
EARLIEST DATE: 1905 (GreigDuncan5)
KEYWORDS: courting love nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
GreigDuncan5 935, "The Pains o' Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [39 words]: My guess is that the torture "like to a salamander" is a reference to the mythical fire-breathing salamander. The torture is a heart on fire, or being burned. It all seems much too flowery for a folk song, whatever the author meant. - RBW
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