Behind the Cold Iron Door
DESCRIPTION: A poor man's sweetheart is locked in a cell by her father until she can marry a rich man. Poor man digs a tunnel to her cell and blows up the gate to rescue her. They will be married.
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA-Leach)
KEYWORDS: poverty courting love marriage rescue father lover
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
Hannah O'Brien, "Behind the Cold Iron Door" (on MUNFLA-Leach)
cf. "Locks and Bolts" [Laws M13] (theme: girl locked away by father) and references there
cf. "The Iron Door" [Laws M15] (themes: girl locked away by father, iron door)
NOTES: While the MUNFLA/Leach text follows an old common theme it uses current phrases like "my love for you will never die," "where there's a will there's a way," "someday the sky will be blue" and "I pray to the maker in heaven each night." - BS
Ben files this as a separate song from "The Iron Door." This is hard to believe at first glance, since both the plot and the mention of the iron door are the same. But there are few if any other words in common, and the blowing up of the cell is unusual. - RBW
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