On the Banks of the Pamanaw [Laws H11]
DESCRIPTION: The singer sees an Indian girl sitting alone but unafraid. She explains that her family is dead and her lover has abandoned her. He offers to take her "to a better land, to a pale-face countree." She will not come; she has vowed to stay there
EARLIEST DATE: 1931
KEYWORDS: Indians(Am.) promise abandonment home family grief seduction lie lover
FOUND IN: US(MW) Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (6 citations):
Laws H11, "On the Banks of the Pamanaw"
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 451-452, "The Banks of the Pamanaw" (1 text)
Beck 46, "On the Banks of the Pamanaw" (1 text, 1 tune)
Peacock, pp. 424-426, "The Banks of Penmanah" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Leach-Labrador 95, "Banks of Panama" (1 text, 1 tune)
DT 792, PAMANAW
Leonard Hulan, "The Banks of Penmanah" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]
The Banks of Pondamah
NOTES: Just to prevent mistakes: Yes, that is "Pamanaw," not "Panama." - RBW
Labrador-Leach is indeed "Panama," not my typo.
The "Baltic Line" may refer to Admiral Charles Napier's Baltic excursion against the Russians in the Crimean War [cf. broadside Bodleian, Harding B 13(181), "Bold Napier," E.M.A. Hodges (London), 1855-1861; tune: "Low-Back'd Car"] - BS
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