As I Walked Out (I) (A New Broom Sweeps Clean)

DESCRIPTION: A young man tells a girl, "Alas, I'm tormented, for love I must die." He begs her to come away with him. She tells him, "Were I to say yes, I would say 'gainst my mind." He curses her unkindness; he will marry a girl who loves him if he marries at all
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1925 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: love courting rejection
FOUND IN: Ireland Canada(Mar)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
SHenry H109, p. 357, "As I Walked Out" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick 40, "A New Broom Sweeps Clean" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST HHH109 (Partial)
Roud #2751
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "If I Were a Fisher" (floating lyrics)
NOTES: Bodleian, Harding B 25(1325), "A New Broom Sweeps Clean" ("Why talk you of marriage, I have little wit"), Angus (Newcastle), 1774-1825; also Harding B 17(209a), "A New Broom Sweeps Clean" shares only its title, one similar verse, and dialog theme with this song. The similar verse -- with potential for floating -- is "I think it no wonder maids are fickle in their minds, Young men will deceive them be they ever so kind; They will court with strange sweethearts, be they ever so mean, It is an old saying that a new broom sweeps clean." - BS
File: HHH109

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