Banks of Sweet Loch Rae, The

DESCRIPTION: The singer meets a handsome soldier. He asks if she will come along with him. She says she cannot bear to leave (Loch Rae). He consents to have her stay if she will wait for him. She waits sadly for his return
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1926 (Sam Henry collection); 19C (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 26(29))
KEYWORDS: love courting soldier separation
FOUND IN: Ireland US(NE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
SHenry H158, p. 295, "Banks of Sweet Lough Neigh" (1 text, 1 tune)
Flanders-NewGreen, pp. 203-205, "The Banks of Sweet Loch Ray" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #3821
Bodleian, Harding B 26(29), "The Banks of Sweet Loughrea" ("I am as poor a distressed maid as ever yet was known"), Haly (Cork), 19C; also 2806 c.8(164), 2806 c.8(195), "The Banks of Sweet Loughrea"
On the Banks of Sweet Loch Raw
NOTES [14 words]: "The Banks of Sweet Loughrea" tells the story from the soldier's point of view. - BS
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File: HHH158

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