Miner's Dream of Home, The
DESCRIPTION: The singer, away from home for ten years, dreams of "the old homesteads and faces I loved" and thinks of hearing the New Year's bells as a boy. In his dream he promises his parents that he'd not roam again.
AUTHOR: Will Goodwyn and Leo Dryden [George Dryden Wheeler (1863-1939 [per Wikipedia])] (according to OCroinin-Cronin)
EARLIEST DATE: 1892 (Wehman)
KEYWORDS: homesickness emigration home return reunion separation dream England Ireland father mother
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North)) Ireland Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
OCroinin-Cronin 187, "'Tis Ten Weary Years" (1 text, 1 tune)
Guigne, pp. 354-356, "Ten Weary Years (The Miner's Dream of Home)" (1 text, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Wehman's [Universal Songster] Collection of Songs No. 34 (New York, 1892, digitized by Internet Archive), p. 28, "The Miner's Dream of Home" ("It is ten weary years since I left Ireland's shore") (1 text)
David Hillery, _Vernacular Song From a North Yorkshire Hill Farm: Culture, Contents and Comparisons_, (Newcastle: University of Newcastle, 2005 [submitted ... for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy]), Vol. II, #4, "The Bells Were Ringing" ("It's ten weary years since I crossed England's shore") (1 text, 1 tune) [sung by Jack Beeforth] [may be downloaded as a pdf from https://theses.ncl.ac.uk/dspace/bitstream/10443/158/2/hillery05v2.pdf]
Elizabeth Cronin, "'Tis Ten Weary Years" (on IRECronin01)
NOTES [73 words]: Published 1891 per Wikipedia article "Leo Dryden" accessed July 27, 2013.
The words to "The Miner's Dream of Home" are printed at http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/lifebeforevinyl/P15.htm. They are the same as Cronin's except that "home" for Goodwyn/Dryden is England, while Cronin has Ireland, and Goodwyn/Dryden refer to "old village bells" while Cronin sings "old Shandon bells." Note that the ADDITIONAL sources also differ on "home." - BS
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