Young Maid's Love, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer loves a rich merchant's daughter, but her father arranges for him to be inducted into the navy. His ship wins a great victory at sea, and the prize money makes him rich. He returns home and is allowed to marry the girl
EARLIEST DATE: 1924 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: love separation sailor navy reunion money marriage
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (2 citations):
SHenry H58, p. 446, "Eliza/When I Landed in Glasgow" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn 45, "The Young Maid's Love" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Firth c.18(160), "The Young Maids Love," unknown, n.d.
NOTES [55 words]: Sam Henry theorizes that this song dates to the period of the Spanish Armada, because in his text the ship fights "twenty-two sail of Spaniards." The internal evidence opposes this; in the same text, the singer meets the girl outside Glasgow -- but at the time of the Armada, Scotland and England were still separate countries. - RBW
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