Down By the Magdalen Green
DESCRIPTION: A sailor, whose ship anchored at Dundee, convinces a girl to walk "along by the Magdalen/Maudlin/Mellon Green." He returns to sea and dreams of the girl weeping with his baby son. He warns sailors against seducing and abandoning girls.
EARLIEST DATE: 1970 (Morton-Ulster)
KEYWORDS: seduction abandonment childbirth dream sailor
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Morton-Ulster 16, "Down By the Mellon Green" (1 text, 1 tune)
The Harbour of Dundee
The Magdalen Green
NOTES: Morton-Ulster: "A couple of variants of this song have been collected in Scotland itself, notably from Jimmy McBeath, but it is by no means widely known. There is a Magdalen Green in Dundee (pronounced Madlin)." - BS
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