Bordon's Grove

DESCRIPTION: The singer wanders by Bordon's Grove and hears a girl lamenting. He courts her; she says she is waiting for Johnny. He asks about Johnny, and (s)he says he was wounded in Flanders. She sees his love token, and declares they will never meet again
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1934 (Sam Henry collection)
KEYWORDS: love courting separation reunion brokentoken
FOUND IN: Ireland Canada(Ont)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
SHenry H529, pp. 320-321, "Bordon's Grove" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke-Ontario 46, "Borland's Grove" (1 text, 1 tune)

Roud #2322
ALTERNATE TITLES:
Borland's Groves
NOTES: The Sam Henry version of this is very fragmentary; there is little real deceit. Presumably more happened in the original versions. Although Dave McMahon's Ontario version, in Fowke-Ontario, is hardly more detailed, except that it has the man, not the woman, say that Johnny was wounded in Flanders.- RBW
Fowke-Ontario [1965]: "Mr McGoogan learnt the song from his mother sixty years ago." - BS
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File: HHH529

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