Tons of Bright Gold

DESCRIPTION: "Down by the Launey" the singer meets "a handsome and charming young dame ... herding her kine." If he owned many fine lands he would give them all "to obtain her." "For tons of bright gold, of course, I won't tell her name" until their wedding day
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1978 (OCanainn)
KEYWORDS: love marriage animal
FOUND IN: Ireland
REFERENCES (1 citation):
OCanainn, pp. 88-89, "Tons of Bright Gold" (1 text, 1 tune)
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Pride of Kilkee" (motif: hiding a sweetheart's name) and references there
cf. "Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn Ce hi (For Ireland I Will Not Tell Whom She Is)" (motif: hiding a sweetheart's name)
NOTES: OCanainn: "[This song's] text is clearly related to the Maigue poem "Ar Eirinn ni neosfainn ce hi" (For Ireland I'd not tell her name)." [In this song the promise not to tell, or to tell, her name is the last line of each verse; that is also the pattern of "Ar Eirinn Ni Neosfainn Ce hi."] - BS
File: OCan088

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