Girl I Left Behind (I), The [Laws P1A/B]

DESCRIPTION: Two lovers promise to be faithful. He then sets out on a voyage. Before they can be reunited, one or the other proves unfaithful. (In Laws's "A" texts, the man marries a Scottish girl and his love dies of a broken heart; in "B" texts, the girl is untrue)
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: before 1842 (Forget-Me-Not Songster)
KEYWORDS: courting promise infidelity separation
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MA,MW,Ro,SE,So) Canada(Mar,Newf) Britain(Scotland(Aber)) Ireland Australia
REFERENCES (47 citations):
Laws P1A/B "The Girl I Left Behind"
Greig #83, p. 1, "The Girl I Left Behind"; Greig #157, p. 2, "The Girl I Left Behind Me"; Greig #88, p. 2, ("I'll stay with her and think no more On the girl I left behind") (1 text plus 2 fragments)
GreigDuncan5 1059, "The Girl I Left Behind" (12 texts, 8 tunes)
Belden, pp. 198-200, "Peggy Walker" (3 texts)
Randolph 283, "The Girl I Left Behind" (4 texts, 1 tune. Laws assigns Randolph's A text to P1A and B, C, and D to P1B)
Randolph/Cohen, pp. 101-104, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 64A)
Randolph-Legman I, pp. 434-440, "The Girl I Left Behind" (5 texts, 1 tune)
BrownII 145, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (5 texts plus 1 excerpt and mention of 1 more. Laws lists the "A" and B" texts as P1A and "C," "D," "F," and "G" as P1B)
BrownSchinhanIV 145, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 excerpt, 1 tune)
Chappell-FSRA 79, "My Parents Reared Me Tenderly" (1 text)
Moore-Southwest 92, "The Rambling Cowboy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, pp. 153-154, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bronner-Eskin2 44, "Girl I Left Behind Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
Doerflinger, pp. 305-206, "The Maid I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Wyman-Brockway I, p. 76, "Peggy Walker" (1 text, 1 tune)
FSCatskills 39, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
SharpAp 96, "My Parents Treated Me Tenderly" (6 texts, 6 tunes)
Cambiaire, pp. 47-49, "The Girl I Left on New River" (1 text)
SHenry H188, p. 401, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Warner 148, "My Parents Raised Me Tenderly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Gardner/Chickering 28, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text plus mention of 1 more, 1 tune)
Dean, p. 10, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text)
Peters, p.115, "There Was a Rich Old Farmer" (1 text, 1 tune, rather worn-down)
Stout 33, pp. 48-49, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1 text, mostly lyric but probably derived from this)
Peacock, pp. 449-452, "The Girl I Left Behind" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Creighton-Maritime, pp. 76-77, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Creighton-SNewBrunswick 47, "Peggy Walker" (1 text, 1 tune)
Leach-Labrador 134, "Jennie Ferguson" (1 text, 1 tune); 138, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Manny/Wilson 70, "the Girl I Left Behind (Janey Ferguson)" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ryan/Small, p. 134, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1 text, a single stanza probably of a version rewritten for seal-hunting, but with only four lines, it can hardly be separated from the main song)
McNeil-SFB1, pp. 106-109, "The Broken-hearted Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
Meredith/Anderson, p. 50, "The Rich Old Farmer" (1 text, 1 tune)
Lomax-FSNA 165, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen/Seeger/Wood, p. 38, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fife-Cowboy/West 62, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (2 texts, 1 tune, with the "A" text, although mixed and westernized, probably belonging here and the "B" text being the lyric piece); 63, "My Parents Raised Me Tenderly" (1 text, 1 tune)
Tinsley, pp. 200-203, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1 text, 1 tune, a cowboy adaption)
Ohrlin-HBT 84, "The Girl I Left in Missouri" (1 text, 1 tune)
JHCox 85, "My Parents Reared Me Tenderly" (1 text)
SHenry H188, pp. 401-402, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Ord, pp. 45-47, "I'll Ne'er Forget the Parting" (1 text, 1 tune)
MacSeegTrav 65, "The Girl I Left Behind" (1 text, 1 tune)
Shay-SeaSongs, pp. 202-203, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
Spaeth-ReadWeep, pp. 16-17, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #747, p. 49, "The GIrl I Left Behind Me" (4 references)
Silber-FSWB, p. 114, "The Girl I Left Behind Me" (1 text)
WInstock, p. 68, "The girl I left behind me" (1 tune)
DT 338, GIRLEFT (GIRLEFT2* -- perhaps a mixed version, with the text of Laws P1 and the tune of the playparty?) GIRLLFT6*

Roud #262
RECORDINGS:
Jules [Verne] Allen, "The Gal I Left Behind" (Victor V-40022, 1929; on WhenIWas2)
Clint Howard et al, "Maggie Walker Blues" (on Ashley02, WatsonAshley01)
Dock Boggs, "Peggy Walker" (on Boggs3, BoggsCD1)
[G. B.] Grayson & [Henry] Whitter, "I've Always Been a Rambler" (Gennett, unissued, 1928) (Victor V-40324, 1928; on GraysonWhitter01, LostProv1, ConstSor1)
Harry Jackson, "The Gal I Left Behind" (on HJackson1)
Billie Maxwell, "The Arizona Girl I Left Behind" (Victor V-40188, 1930; on MakeMe)
Pleaz Mobley, "My Parents Raised Me Tenderly" (AFS; on LC12)
Spencer Moore, "The Girl I Left Behind" (on LomaxCD1700, LomaxCD1702)
New Lost City Ramblers, "I've Always Been a Rambler" (on NLCR13, NLCRCD2)
Mrs. Clara Stevens, "The Girl I Left Behind" (on PeacockCDROM) [one verse only]

BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Firth b.26(187), "Margaret Walker" ("My parents raised me tenderly having no child but me"), S. Russell (Birmingham), 1840-1851; also Firth b.25(478), "Margaret Walker"; Firth c.26(280), "Girl I Left Behind"; Harding B 11(2237), Firth c.14(210), "The Lover's Lament" or "The Girl I Left Behind Me"
Murray, Mu23-y1:050, "The Girl I Left Behind Me," James Lindsay (Glasgow), 19C, with the unhappy ending left off
NLScotland, L.C.1270(015), "The Girl I Left Behind Me" ("Now for America I am bound, Against my inclination"), unknown, c. 1880, with the unhappy ending left off

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Girl I Left Behind Me (III)" (tune)
SAME TUNE:
The Girl I Left Behind Me (by Thomas Davis) (Kathleen Hoagland, editor, One Thousand Years of Irish Poetry (New York, 1947), pp. 471-472)
Old England Forty Years Ago (File: TPS048)
A New Song on the Causes -- beginnings, events -- end -- and consequences of the late war with Great Britain ("Old England forty years ago, When we were young and tender") (Lawrence, p. 217)
The Girl I Left Behind Me (square dance calls) (Welsch, pp. 99-100)
NOTES: In addition to this ballad form, there is a song with this title (indexed as "The Girl I Left Behind Me (lyric)"). As the two have cross-fertilized (often, e.g., sharing the latter's tune "Brighton Camp"), the reader is advised to check both songs for completeness. - RBW
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