Riley's Farewell (Riley to America; John Riley) [Laws M8]

DESCRIPTION: Riley and his sweetheart are forbidden by her father to marry. Aided by the girl's mother, Riley goes to America and buys a plot of land. He comes back; the two set out for America. Their ship is wrecked on the way. Before dying the girl blames her father
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1847 (Journal of William Histed of the Cortes)
KEYWORDS: courting love mother father exile wreck death
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber),England(Lond)) US(Ap,MW,SE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland
REFERENCES (25 citations):
Laws M8, "Riley's Farewell (Riley to America; John Riley)"
Greig #110, p. 2, "John Rylie" (1 text)
GreigDuncan1 22, "John Riley" (6 texts, 2 tunes)
OShaughnessy-Yellowbelly2 40, "Reilly the Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
VaughanWilliams/Palmer, #56, "John Reilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Purslow-Constant, p. 114, "Young Reilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
SHenry H468, pp. 441-442, "John Reilly the Sailor Lad" (1 text, 1 tune)
OLochlainn-More 7, "Reilly the Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
O'Conor, p. 49, "O'Reilly the Fisherman" (1 text)
Graham/Holmes 37, "John Reilly the Sailor" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner 147, "John Reilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
LPound-ABS, 39, pp. 89-90, "Jack Riley" (1 text, containing only the beginning portion of the song)
Chappell-FSRA 37, "John Reilly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Huntington-Whalemen, pp. 105-108, "John Riley" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton/Senior, pp. 170-171, "Johnny Riley" (4 texts, 3 tunes)
Creighton-Maritime, pp. 102-103, "Young Riley" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick 60, "Johnny Riley" (1 text, 1 tune)
Greenleaf/Mansfield 90, "Riley to Ameriky" (1 text)
Peacock, pp. 698-700, "O'Reilly the Fisherman" (1 text, 2 tunes)
Leach-Labrador 13, "John Riley" (1 text, 1 tune)
Karpeles-Newfoundland 45, "Reilly the Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lehr/Best 84, "O'Reilly the Fisherman" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fowke/MacMillan 67, "Will O'Riley" (1 text, 1 tune)
Mackenzie 43, "Reilly's Farewell" (1 text)

Roud #270
Robert Cinnamond, "Young Reilly the Fisherman" (on IRRCinnamond03)
Michael Flanagan, "O'Reilly to America" (on IRClare01)
Mrs. Edward Gallagher, "Young Riley" (on MRHCreighton)
Mike Kent, "John O'Reilly" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Jack Knight, "Willie Riley" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
Sarah Anne O'Neill, "John Reilly" (on Voice04)

Bodleian, Harding B 17(257b), "Riley the Fisherman," A. Ryle and Co. (London), 1845-1859; also Firth c.12(287), Firth b.26(209), Harding B 11(1864), Harding B 11(1865), Harding B 11(3286), "Riley the Fisherman"; 2806 c.16(201), "Riley's Farewell"
Murray, Mu23-y4:036, "John Riely," unknown, 19C
NLScotland, L.C.Fol.178.A.2(072), "John Reily," James Lindsay, Glasgow, c. 1870

cf. "William and Harriet" [Laws M7]
Riley the Fisherman
John Rally
Willie Riley
NOTES [33 words]: Not to be confused with the broken-token "John Riley." [Nor should the] "Young Riley" [versions] be confused with the "Young Riley" that's an alternate title to "O'Reilly from the County Leitrim." - PJS
Last updated in version 4.2
File: LM08

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2018 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.