Dear Mother

DESCRIPTION: "I'm going away to leave you... Don't weep for me, dear mother, For I'll be back someday." The singer's girl has abandoned him; he will cross the sea to find another, then return to mother. But she dies and tells him to trust in God before he can return
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1932 (JAFL 45, from Granville Gadsey)
KEYWORDS: separation mother death courting emigration
FOUND IN: US(Ap)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 210-211, "Dear Mother" (1 text)
Roud #4214
NOTES: I have a feeling this is a composite of an emigration song with a religious song, with perhaps one of those "Don't leave your mother when her hair turns gray" songs thrown in as well. But they've all been thoroughly mixed up. - RBW
File: MHAp210

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